Hieromonk Photios

(biography, photos, videos) Vitaly Mochalov

  • Name: Hieromonk Photius ( Vitaly Mochalov )
  • Date of birth: 1 January 1987
  • Age: 30 years
  • Place of birth: Nizhny Novgorod
  • Height: 175
  • Activities: Resident (inhabitant) of the Holy Pafnuteva Borovsky monastery, monk, the participant of the project «the Voice 4»
  • Marital status: not married

    Hieromonk Photius : biography

    Vitaly Mochalov was born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod) in 1987 (birthday, unfortunately, unknown). At school age he attended the local music school where she studied singing and piano. Additionally, the boy sang in the school choir. Often soloed. Since childhood Mochalov wanted to become a composer and write music and songs. In adolescence, when the voice started to crack,» he attended Church school, where she sang in the Church choir.

    After graduating from Junior high school Mochalov enrolled in the College of music, where he chose the Department of music theory. But managed to study only one year. Together with his family he emigrated to the German city of Kaiserslautern. But there Vitaly has not given up music and singing: he learned to play the organ.

    After 3 years, Vitali returned to Russia and entered the service in Borovskiy of the Nativity of the Holy Pafnutevsko monastery in the Kaluga region. There worldly young man he was tonsured, and became a hieromonk Photios.

    But the love of music and singing did not leave him. Cleric of Holy Pafnuteva Photios rediscovered singing when I started to attend lessons vocal coach Victor Twardowski, who was involved in the training of monastic singing. According to Photius, he was his teacher at the Moscow course on its author’s technique and was able to «configure» the voice. Later, the priest Photios several years of vocal training, using exercises Twardowski, specially designed for him and recorded on tape.

    «The voice 4»

    For the first time in the history of the television show «the Voice» the priest appeared as a contestant. Hieromonk Photios the «blind audition» performed «Lensky’s Aria». It is quite difficult to implement an arrangement of the Opera «Eugene Onegin».

    According to the monk, to participate in the competition, the blessed spiritual father – Archimandrite vlasiy. It provides Photios prayer support. Love to support the show and the brethren of the monastery together with Metropolitan of Kaluga and Bohr Kliment.

    Hieromonk Photios was in command of Grigory Leps, who returned to him after the «blind auditions». The priest says that he expected to be in the team of Alexander Gradsky, as he is closer to academic performance.

    The jury members a very warm welcome to the unusual contestant. Alexander Gradsky was protecting the priest when Paul Simon asked him provocative questions. And Vasily Vakulenko (Basta) at the end of the contest took my father Photius blessing.

    In the latter stages of the popular music project of Russia, hieromonk Photius lived up to the expectations of the Leps, which took him to his team. For the first time in four seasons «the Voice» won the priest. How to develop his creativity further — will show time.

    Personal life

    Personal life of hieromonk Photios is a Ministry of the Church and spiritual life. Companions of the priest argued that Photius very strong character, although he looks quite soft and even shy person. At the time, he, being in the convent, was forced to make a decision about military service. Photius stood firm and decided to give back to the Motherland. But due to vision problems he refused.

    Photius (Vitaly Mochalov) knows German and English. And he sings in Georgian, Japanese, Italian and Serbian.


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