Born in Thessaloniki in a family originating from Pontos and Cappadocia, Kyriakos Kalaitzides is a composer and musician. He is considered to be one of the most significant musical researchers in the field of modal secular music of the post- Byzantine era.

In 1993, he founded along with other musicians the En Chordais ensemble, renowned for extensive research on the musical legacy of the East Mediterranean and that produced CDs, books and concerts. With En Chordais he received the Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde by Radio France (2008), and he was nominated with the “Sharjah” price of UNESCO in 2006.

In 2002 he became Artistic Director of the three-year Medi-Muses project dedicated to researching and celebrating the Mediterranean’s shared classical musical heritage and supported through the European Union program, Euromed Heritage II. Kyriakos Kalaitzides has a Ph.D. in Byzantine Musicology from the Athens University and received a scholarship from Spanish.