Easter of 1995 his first album titled “Ora Enati” was released, in which hymns from the Holy Week were included.
This album signals a new beginning of a recording course of art and faithful bonding of this top artist in relation with Byzantine Ecclesiastical music through a series of CDs containing Byzantine hymns. The album became platinum with over 400.000 sales.
Chronologically released albums:
Hymns of Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Holy Spirit Day, Miracles of Jesus. In this project for the first time he performs the role of a narrator.
In 1998 with the album “Psalo ton Theo mou eos yparcho” and autonomously in 2003.
A selection of the most successful recordings of the artist in comparison with his triple repertoire if his career, songs of Greek composers – Traditional songs – Ecclesiastical hymns, likewise and a CD with video, the video clips and tributes of these three repertoires.
Album 3 CDs & 1 DVD
Directed audio recording of the texts of the Evangelists, under his direction, regarding the life the speech and the sacrifice of Christ, which right away people embraced very strongly this work and this important release arrives in thousands of homes, by placing it in the most successful work of the last decades, making it double platinum.
2012 “AGIES GRAPHES from the texts of the New Testament” has been completed and released, a historic work. In this project the artist studies, records and directs the audio form the entire New Testament, for the first time in history. He creates a new prototype of this work through narrations, ancient instruments been played in the broader area of the Mediterranean, the period when Christ walked on the earth, traditional instruments, contemporary sounds of the latest technology and many hymns also which are highlighting the important events of the Scripture. He invites dozens of the top actors/actresses, musicians and vocalists and a great work of life arises for Petros Gaitanos which is decompressed in 21 CDs and 24 hours of listening! This project was created with the intense work of four years of studying and recording, with the participation of fifty artists and technicians. With the motive of this project it travels throughout the Holy Land and been photographed in the historic places there. This work notes a great success.
An innovative, directed audio recording, directed by him, about the life, the speeches and the hymns of Agios Paisios the Agioritis, which are recorded for the first time.
The album becames platinum.
6 CDs album
Double album with the historic service. The album became platinum!
Double album with the historic services. The album became platinum!
He meets with the important clarinetist from Epirus, Petroloukas Chalkias and creates this work of 2 CDs. This prototype of recording focuses in the three days when Christ was at Hades with material from the eternal hymns of praise of Orthodoxy, from the Old & New Testaments, also from Paternal, Apostolic and poetic ecclesiastical eternal scriptures, such as public poetry performing traditional dirges from the Asian Minor and Epirus. Work and audio directed by him.
The reward of his successful journey through his recordings and expressions in regards of Byzantine music, is the award from the Blessed Archbishop Ieronymos B’ of Athens and entire Greece on April 10, 2009, for his many gold and platinum albums that have been released with hymns up to that date which have been reached over 2.000.000 in sales as of the present.
Petros Gaitanos breaks the sales record with his albums with hymns for the first time in the music history with thousands of Greeks for the most part and non Greeks as well are tuning in his expression and the artistic creations of this important Greek performer, who is inspiring and becomes an example to thousands of people, young and old in Greece and around the world as well.
Up to now he has released 47 albums of Byzantine music and spiritual content in general.
He is the artist who gave his presence to discography and reignited the interest of the people in relation with the Byzantine music and he remapped it in Orthodoxy!
He became the pioneer of this expression by motivated others and became an example for others to follow.
Many hymns of the Orthodox Church have been characterised and featured with his voice and his expression and some of them are: the exaltations of Holy Friday and all the hymns of Holy Week, the hymn of “Agne Parthene Despoina”, by Saint Nektarios, psalms of David, hymns of Panagia in particular “The Hymn of Love” from the first Scripture to the Corinthians by Apostle Paul, a very successful hymn with the voice of this unique performer and honoring him by placing him in a special place of people’s heart. At the same time he becomes the major performer of this eternal expression, which for the first time it notes a big success and tolerance from the Panhellenic and other countries of Orthodoxy as well.
Petros Gaitanos has traveled around the globe by giving concerts with hymns starting from Constantinople. He was invited twice by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 1996 & 1997 who characterised Petros as “chapter of the Greek culture” and “role model to the youth”.
Some of the most important concerts he performed with hymns:
18/10/1995 Herodes Atticus Theatre. Byzantine hymns and Axion Esti by Mikis Theodorakis and Odysseas Elytis.
3/4/1996 At the Cathedral of Athens, with the hymns of the Holy Week under the auspices of the blessed Archbishop of Athens and entire Greece, Serafim and the municipality of Athens.
4/18/1995 Holy Tuesday at the Athens Music Hall with hymns of the Holy Week.
12/5/1995 At the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in honor of the Archbishop Iakovos of the United States.
Holy Week 1997, he performs a series of concerts titled “Ta Theia Pathi”, at the most popular church of Saint Pandeleimon’s on Acharnes street, Athens, the largest church in the Balkans, where 8.000 people attended.
7/4/2001 Concert with hymns at the church of God’s Sofia in Thessaloniki where 10.000 people attended.
Due to the large people attendance the streets in the center of the city were closed!
May 26, 2001 Mystras, Greece
December 24, 2001 Thessaloniki Music Hall
September 30, 2002 Saint Demetrios Church in Thessaloniki
September 11, 2003 Patmos, Cave of Saint John the Theologian
March 22, 2010 Cathedral of Piraeus with the saxophones orchestra of Piraeus
July 1, 2013 Nicosia Cyprus, Church oh Saint Lazarus
April 10, 2015 Holy Week, Transfiguration of Christ Church in Corona Queens, NYC
April 29, 2016 Holy Friday, Argos, Greece. Agios Petros square, meeting point for the Epitaphs of all churches of Argos.
2004. He tours in the United States in collaboration with Cretan contributors and the Panamerican association of Cretans performing a concert titled “The Church of Crete through the centuries”. With great success and in full theaters with the audience been surprised with the performance and the presence of the Greek artist in a series of high scaled concerts.
He travels to Jerusalem to do the filming for four documentaries in the exact locations of the passions of Christ in collaboration with the National Greek TV. The documentaries have been seen by millions of people noting a huge television viewing, meanwhile this historic filming and the performing of this important artist have been repeated continuously for the next years, maintaining the same success.
Dedications were given to him by the National TVs of Romania and the Czech Republic as the most represented artist of the hymns of Orthodoxy.
He is the first and only hymns performer of the Christian Orthodoxy who performed concerts of Byzantine hymns with the interpretation of the Sign language.
Besides the concerts he gave under the blessings of His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew A’ his presence and his art were present in collaboration and the blessings of the following hierarchs as well: Blessed Patriarch Petros the Z’ from Africa, likewise the Blessed Patriarch Theodore, the Blessed Archbishop Iakovos of the United States, the Blessed Archbishops Chrystodoulos and Serafim of Athens and entire Greece, the Blessed Metropolitan Pandeleimon B’ of Thessaloniki, the Metropolitan Sotirios of Canada, the Archbishop Savvas of Poland, and of course Archbishop Ieronymos B’ of Athens and entire Greece and many other hierarchs of Orthodoxy from the Metropolitans of the Greek and Cypriot Church also the Church of Crete.
With the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew B’ in Constantinople
With the Blessed Patriarch Theodore B’ of Africa
With the Metropolitan Sotirios of Canada
With the Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kitiou
With the Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patras
With the past Patriarch Eirinaios of Jerusalem, Israel
With the blessed Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and entire Greece
He has performed many concerts in hundreds of churches and on the most important holy places of Orthodoxy under the auspices of the ecclesiastical masters with the presence of large audiences.
The expression and the recording in the performing of the hymns became a school that offers a different opinion in the performing of the spiritual material and in the broader expression of hymnology through the centuries.
Hymns concerts through the time