Archon Protopsaltis of the Archdiocese of Constantinople, Charilaos Taliadoros, passed away today, Monday, January 11, at the age of 95.
Born in 1926 in Thessaloniki, originally from Konitsa, Epirus, Charilaos Taliadoros was a graduate of Law and Economics, as well as a student of protopsaltis Christoforos Koutsouradis and a graduate of the School of Byzantine Music of the National Conservatory of Athens.
When he first met Archon protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, Konstantinos Pringos, in Thessaloniki (1945), this was a decisive moment in his career.
From a young age, he became a psaltis in well-known temples of Thessaloniki: Church of Saint Therapon in Kato Toumpa (1942-1944), Church of Saint Fanourios and Precious Forerunner (1944-1952) and, for over sixty years, protopsaltis in the Cathedral of the God of Wisdom.
He taught Byzantine Music at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1964-1967), at the Macedonian Conservatory and at the School of Byzantine Music of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki.
He was one of the most famous and most active modern psaltes of Greece with a rich chanting activity within and beyond Greece’s borders, while he had a vast publishing activity.