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Nektaria Karantzi is a Byzantine and traditional singer from Greece. She was born on 5 August 1978, in Greece.

She studied Law at the University of Thessalonica, undertook a postgraduate in Penal Law at the University of Athens and is a candidate doctor of Penal Law at the University of Athens.

She is a chorister at the church of the “Our lady of the Roses” in Piraeus. She has a degree in Byzantine music, having been taught by notable tutors, such and especially Mr. Dimitris Verykios and teaches Byzantine music at the “Central Conservatoire” of Athens.

She was taught traditional singing by the acknowledged interpreter of traditional songs, Chronis Aidonidis, and has been, over the past 3 years, his permanent collaborator in concerts and recordings.

She has studied the piano as well as western musical theory, under significant tutors, and has followed phonetics courses by the singers Thanos Petrakis and Dina Goudioti.

As regards to recordings, she has participated in a series of five tapes / CDs, chanting Byzantine hymns, from the age of fourteen already accompanying the blessed Elder Porphyrius, one of the greatest spiritual luminaries of Greece and of the Orthodox world in general. She also collaborated in recordings with her teacher, Chronis Aidonidis, in two CDs (“When paths meet” and “He was grieved”), interpreting traditional songs from Thrace and Byzantine ecclesiastical hymns.

She appeared in public for the first time on 25 May 2004 at the Athens "Megaron" (The Athens Concert Hall), in a concert dedicated to the 50 years of musical offering of Chronis Aidonidis to the Greek traditional music. Since then she has participated in many other concerts and events with important artists.

In 2005 she participated in the Easter television show of the Hellenic Television entitled He was grieved, where she sung Byzantine hymns of the Holy Week with her teachers Chronis Aidonidis and Dimitris Verykios and in 2006 she participated in the 6th Festival of Sacred Music in Patmos, with his teachers also and the ecclesiastical Byzantine Choir "Glorifier" (Leader: Dimitris Verykios).

She appears in select concerts in Greece and internationally, interpreting traditional songs from Greece and other countries, such as Turkey, Bulgaria and the Balkans in general and Byzantine ecclesiastical hymns.

She is part of the development group of the greatest internet musical community in Greece - www.musicheaven.gr' – and a radio producer in two Greek radio stations, broadcasting musical – folkloric programs. At times she has collaborated with various magazines, newspapers and other publications, by writing articles of musical – folkloric content.


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