Ioannis Arvanitis received his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens and a Teacher’s Diploma of Byzantine Music from the Skalkottas Conservatory under the supervision of Lycourgos Angelopoulos. He also studied Byzantine music at the Conservatory of Halkis, as well as Byzantine and folk music under Simon Karas at Society for the Dissemination of National Music. Mr. Arvanitis has been an instructor of Byzantine music at the Ionian University of Corfu and offered lectures for the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick. An accomplished performer on various Greek folk instruments (tambura, oud and laouto), Mr. Arvanitis has taught at the Experimental Music Gymnasium and Lyceum of Pallini, the School of the Society for the Dissemination of National Music and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.
Now a researcher in Music at the University of Athens, he is completing a doctoral thesis for the University of Copenhagen on rhythm in medieval Byzantine music. He has sung with Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum and is a member of the International Musicological Society’s Cantus Planus Study Group, publishing on topics from the tenth to the twentieth centuries AD. Since 2001,
Mr. Arvanitis has been a frequent collaborator with Cappella Romana, recording two other CDs with the ensemble (Epiphany and Byzantium in Rome) and frequently providing it with editions of medieval Byzantine chant. Other groups that have performed his transcriptions include his own ensemble Hagiopolites, as well as the Greek Byzantine Choir (Lycourgos Angelopoulos, dir.) and the Romeiko Ensemble (Yiorgos Bilalis, dir.). The composer also of new Byzantine chants, Mr. Arvanitis designed a font with Byzantine musical characters for his 1997 publication The Akathist Hymn.