Fr. Ivan Moody


Fr Ivan MFr.Ivan Moodyoody studied music and theology at the Universities of London, Joensuu and York (where he took his Ph.D). He studied composition with Brian Dennis, Sir John Tavener and William Brooks. His music has been performed and broadcast all over the world, and recorded on labels such as Hyperion, ECM, Telarc, Warner Classics, Sony and Challenge. His largest works to date are Passion and Resurrection (1992), the Akathistos Hymn (1998) and Qohelet (2013). Other significant works include The Dormition of the Virgin (2003), the piano concerto Linnunlaulu (2003), Passione Popolare (2005), Ossetian Requiem (2005), Stabat Mater (2008), Moons and Suns (2008), Simeron (2013) for vocal trio and string trio, and the Dante Trilogy (2014) for choir and ensemble. (For further information see

As a conductor he works regularly with professional choirs and ensembles in both Europe and America, and has paid special attention to contemporary music and Orthodox church music from Bulgaria, Finland and Serbia.

He has written and published extensively on both early and contemporary music, and recently has concentrated particularly on music from Serbia. His book, Modernism and Orthodox Spirituality in Contemporary Music, was published last year. He is an archpriest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is Chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Music ( He is a researcher at CESEM – Universidade Nova, Lisbon, and is also affiliated with the Department of Orthodox Theology at the University of Eastern Finland.

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