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KOUMENDAKIS GIORGOS


 

Giorgos Koumendakis was born in Rethymnon (Crete) in 1959. At the age of 15 he started composing.

He has composed more than 60 pieces, for orchestra, chamber music, chamber orchestra, operas, oratorios and for ancient tragedies and his music has been performed in more than 300 concerts internationally.

He has participated in many international festivals:

Bienale of Venice, 1985 (Teatro la Fenice)

Epidaurus Festival, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1996 (Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus)

Athens Festival, 1988, 1989

1985 European Year of Music (Asolo, Bolzano, Luxembourg) Commission by the European Community Youth Orchestra. His selection was made by G. Ligeti.

World Music Days Festival: 1987 (Germany), 1988 Hong Kong, 1990 Oslo

Festival de la Musique Grecque (Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris 1981)

Midem-International Festival in Cannes, 1987.

Publications of Giorgos Koumendakis. . .

Frankfurt Feste, 1987

IV Festival di Musica Contemporanea, Naples 1987

Semaines Musicales Internationales d’ Orleans, 1987

Week of Greek Music in London (Purcell Room), 1989

Middelburg Festival, Holland 1990

Lecce Festival, 1992

“Tage fur Neue Musik” Festival, Zurich, 1992

“Presences 92”, Radio France, Paris 1992

Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea, Palermo, 1992, 1997

New Musica 4, London, 1994

Argos Festival: 1995, 1996, 1997

Thessaloniki European Cultural Capital, 1997

Greece in Britain, 1998 (London - Purcell Room, Oxford - Sheldonian Theater)

Kalamata International Dance Festival, 1998

Aix en Provence Festival, 1998, Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture (Theatre de l’ Archeveche)

His works have been performed -among others- by Quattor Leonardo, ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN, European Community Youth Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Divertimento Ensemble, Xenakis Ensemble, Hong Kong Ensemble, Arraymusik Ensemble, New Greek Quattor, La Camerata (Athens Megaron) Friends of Music Orchestra, Actis, Alea III, Accademia Musicale Siciliana, Orchestre des Jeunes de la Mediterranee, Composer’s Ensemble, The City of Oxford Orchestra and have been conducted among others, by Arturo Tamayo, Gunther Schuller, Diego Masson, James Judd, Mathias Bamert, Ingo Metzmacher, Sandro Gorli, Olivier Cuendet, Christian Eggen, Stefan Skold, Henry Kucharzyk, Miltos Logiades, Gaetano Colajanni, Nikos Tsouchlos.

In 1979 he represented Greece at the Unesco International Forum for Composers (Paris)

He has collaborated on six occasions with the Dance Company “OMADA EDAFOUS”.

Since 1994 he works with “Studio 19”, trying to adapt new technologies in music production.

He has been given 4 commissions from the Athens Megaron.

In 1998 was performed at the Athens Megaron (“Friends of Music” Hall) his work “Missa Harmoniae Verbi” for 4 soloists, choir, string quartet and orchestra, conducted by Alex. Myrat.

His work “Petit Concerto pour Piano et 7 Instruments” will be performed, as compulsory piece, at the Competition “Dimitris Mitropoulos” 1998, for young conductors.

Giorgos Koumendakis has been awarded the “Prix de Rome” and he was a composer “pensionaire” for 1993 in Villa Medicis, Rome.

In 1994 he was awarded the “Nikos Kazantzakis Price”.

5 CD with his works have been released.

A new CD is under release with Aris Christofellis and the “Chromaton Orchestra”.

Recently he has been appointed “Composer in Residence” for the Hellenic Concert Series in London and he will compose 3 works, over the next two years, which were commissioned for Clio Gould and the “BT Scottish Ensemble”, with generous support from the “Michael Marks Charitable Trust”.


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