Kyriakos Kalaitzidis and En Chordais are master musicians, scholars and enthusiasts who view Greece as a crossroad of cultures… [with] an expansive, provocative, peaceable vision of the Eastern Mediterranean… a remarkable ensemble, but more than just that. – Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National
Based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and lead by esteemed music scholar and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, En Chordais specializes in the art music of the Eastern Mediterranean. With an expansive repertoire that encompasses traditional popular music through to contemporary, original compositions, the ensemble has toured extensively receiving enthusiastic critical acclaim.
Enjoying a vibrant 25 year history to date, the internationally renowned ensemble has entertained audiences through more than 1000 performances in 45 countries. Performance highlights include: Salle Pleyel (Paris), Berlin Philharmonie, Lincoln Center (New York), Maison Symphonic (Montreal), The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cornell University (Ithaca), Palais de Bozar (Brussels), Carl-Orff – Saal Gasteig (Munich), Cairo Opera House, Theatre de la Ville (Paris), San Marco (Venice), The International Jerusalem Oud Festival, South Bank (London), City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong), Athens Concert Hall, L’Arsenal (Metz), Melbourne Recital Centre, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Stimmen Festival (Germany), Enescu Festival (Bucharest), Sori Festival (South Korea), Shanghai World Music Festival, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Opera de Lyon.
“En Chordais has entranced audiences across Europe with its captivating and hypnotic sound. The spiritual character of their music contrasts with moments of traditional festiveness and a playful humour.” – Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania
“Half way between learned and popular music, east and west … a superb creation, a magical narrative in which a sense of marvel and the discovery of the other have the upper hand.” – Libetation, France
“…[with] a score of Byzantine music arranged and performed by the Greek ensemble En Chordais that will soak into your system and stay there…” – New York Times