Christos Kaliontzidis


Pontic Lyra


, Pontic

Christos Kaliontzidis was born in Veria Imathias, Greece in 1993 and was raised in Thessaloniki. He comes from a rich musical family. His father, Mixalis, is considered one of the most important masters of the Pontic lyra in Greece. Through his father, he was immersed in traditional and pontian music at a very young age, learning to play at the age of six. The fact that he lived in an environment where the Pontic tradition was active and evolving contributed a milestone in shaping his musical nature. Although he had never had a student/teacher relationship with his father, at the age of 12, he had his first public appearances playing and singing Pontian music at social events, such as weddings, christenings, traditional festivals, name days, in concerts with choirs and large orchestras throughout Greece either with his father or alone.

In 2001, he enrolled in the State Conservatory of Northern Greece, where he studied for a number of years, undertaking theoretical lessons, piano and classical violin. In 2011, he was accepted in the Department of Music Studies at the University of Ioannina, where he graduated. His specialty focuses on musical tradition of Pontus and the modality that he uses both technically and stylistically. He plays several musical instruments, such as Pontic lyra, traditional violin, lute, oud, kemane, yayli tanbur, tulum (Pontic bagpipe) but considers himself a lyra player.

Despite his young age, he has traveled to many countries in Europe, America, Africa and Australia, participating in numerous events with important interpreters of Greek pentagram, accompanying them with the Pontic lyra and violin. He has participated in numerous recordings, cooperating with musicians from different music styles and idioms.

He founded his own recording studio called “Argo Records” in order to evolve his personal recordings, which are based on Pontic and ethnic fusion styles. In 2020, he enrolled as a lecturer at the University of Ioannina and has spent the last 7 years helping his father with his teaching work. He is an active faculty member of the School Learning Pontian Lyra called "Lyra", conducting courses in many Greek cities, including Thessaloniki, Serres, Ioannina, Kozani, Preveza and many more.