Lecture on the Ancient Lyre – Nikos Xanthoulis
“Instruments have no limits, only people have.” With this thought in mind, 10 years ago I embarked on a journey in search of that unique “sound” that the ancient Greeks heard through the seven-stringed lyre. The course, the difficulties, the problems and the joys of this beautiful road, which never ends, I would like to share with you.
Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis is a composer, artistic advisor of the Greek National Opera, Scientific Partner in the Athens Academy and a correspondent member of the Archaeological Institute of America. He has performed as the principal trumpetist of the Greek National Opera orchestra (1984-2009). As a soloist and composer he has appeared in more than 30 countries. He has released 13 recordings and has collaborated – as ensemble member – in 4 additional records. The Archaeological Institute of America has awarded him twice 2012-13 and 2017-18) with the Kress Lectureship for his research on Ancient Greek Music.