About

Ioannis Angelakis (1988) is a Greek composer of acoustic music. He is interested in large-scale forms, his works draw very often on drama, and he is preoccupied with research on the mechanism of acoustic instruments, on physicality, corporeality, and embodiment.

His compositional output consists of 38 works, and has a span from solo works to ensembles and orchestras. His music has been commissioned or performed by groups such as Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, JACK quartet, Mivos Quartet, Momenta Quartet, Sound Icon, Talea Ensemble, loadbang, mdi Ensemble, Yarn Wire, TAK Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players, and Wild Rumpus. He has also been awarded several prizes in international competitions of music composition including loadbang’s Commission Competition (2017), the 1st Prize in ALEA III Composition Competition (2015), the 1st Prize in Toru Takemitsu Award (2012) and the 1st Prize in Takefu Composition Award (2012).

He has also been invited and programmed by prestigious festivals or institutions such as Darmstadt International Summer Course (2012 and 2021), Mixtur (2020), Sounds of Wander (2018), Avaloch Farm Music Institute (2017), Il Suono Contemporary Music Week (2016), Composit New Music Festival (2016), June in Buffalo (2016), Northwestern New Music Festival (NUNC 1) (2014), Voix Nouvelles á Fondation Royaumont (2013), Musiikin Aika Festival in Finland (2013), and Takefu International Music Festival in Japan (2013).

He holds three university degrees: a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he studied Music Composition in the class of the composer Christos Samaras (2006-2011), a Master of Music from Boston University, where he studied Music Composition in the studio of the composer Joshua Fineberg (2011-2013), and a PhD in Music Composition from New York University, where he studied music composition with Elizabeth Hoffman and continental philosophy as an inter-consortium student at the New School of Social Research (2013-2019). His dissertation Luigi Nono and the Metaphysics of the Avant-Garde is an interdisciplinary project that explores the intersection between music composition, musicology of electroacoustic musics, art history, and philosophy, with special emphasis on the work of Hegel and Heidegger.

Education

Ph.D. New York University
Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of Music
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory and Composition (2013-2019)
(Class of Elizabeth Hoffman)

M.M. Boston University
College of Fine Arts, School of Music
Master in Music Composition (2011-2013)
(Class of Joshua Fineberg)

B.A. & M.A Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
School of Fine Arts, Department of Music
Bachelor of Arts & Master of Arts (2006-2011)
(Class of Christos Samaras)

Diploma Municipal Conservatory of Moschato (Greece)
Department of Guitar
Diploma of Proficiency in Classical Guitar (2008)
(Class of Nikos Chatzieleftheriou)

Degree Music College Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Department of Music Theory
Degree in Counterpoint (2006-2008)
(Class of Giorgos Sakkalieros)

Degree. Municipal Conservatory of Moschato (Greece)
Department of Music Theory
Degree in Classical Harmony (2003-2006)
(Class of Chryssa Grenda)

Artistic Prizes

(2021) Winner of the 2nd Henri Lazarof International Composition Competition
Commission for a new work for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano

(2020) Grand Prix Winner, Second International Competition of Composers New Music Generation
for symphonic composition (Kazakhstan)

(2020) Winner of the Call Miniatures for Revolution by the Greek National Opera
Commission for a new dance video with original music (Greece)

(2020) Finalist, International Percussion Premiere Night 2nd Edition, Trieste (Italy)

(2017) Prize Winner, loadbang’s 6th Commission Competition
Commission of a new work: Bacchae: Paralipomena

(2015) 1st Prize, ALEA III International Composition Competition

(2013) Prize Winner, Wild Rumpus Commissioning Project
Commission of new work: DreamPlay, for six performers

(2013) Finalist, Ninth Thailand International Composition Competition

(2012) 1st Prize, International Composition Competition Toru Takemitsu (judge: Toshio Hosokawa)

(2012) Winner of TAKEFU Composition Award, TAKEFU International Music Festival (Japan)

(2012) Finalist, International Composers’ Pyramid: Sounds Festival (UK) & Coupe de Vents (France)

(2012) 1st Prize, Fifth National Composition Competition D.Dragatakis (Greece)

(2012) 3rd Prize, International Composition Competition Synthermia (Greece)

(2011) 1st Prize, Eleventh National Composition Competition Y.A. Papaioannou (Greece)

(2010) 2nd Prize, Sofia International Composition Competition for string orchestra (Bulgaria)

(2010) 2nd Prize and Special Award, Antonin Dvorak International Composition Competition (Czech Republic)

(2009) 2nd Prize, Third National Composition Competition Dimitris Dragatakis (Greece)

(2009) Finalist, Seventh National Competition Festival of Chamber Music (Greece)

(2008) Honorable Mention, Sixth National Competition Festival of Chamber Music (Greece)

Fellowships and Academic Awards

(2018-2019) Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Award in the Humanities, New York University

(2013-2018) H. M. MacCracken Fellowship Award, New York University

(Summer 2018) NYU Global Research Initiative Dissertation Writing Fellowship (NYU Paris)

(Spring 2018) NYU Global Research Initiative Fellowship (NYU Athens)

(Spring 2017) NYU Global Research Initiative Fellowship (NYU Berlin)

(2013-2017) Onassis Foundation Fellowship Award (Athens/New York City)

(2013-2016) Leventis Foundation Fellowship Award (Greece/Switzerland)

(2011-2013) College of Fine Arts Scholarship in Boston University

(2011-2013) IKY Scholarship (State Scholarship Foundation)

(2012-2013) Eleni Gatzoyiannis Scholarship

(2011-2012) Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship

Residencies / Festivals

(2021) Darmstadt International Summer Course, in Darmstadt, Germany

(2020) Mixtur, in Barcelona, Spain. Commission for Garage Ensemble

(2018) Sounds of Wander, in Milan, Italy. Performance of Divine Anarchy by emsemble mdi

(2017) Avaloch Farm Music Institute, New Hampsire, USA. Commission for loadbang

(2016) Il Suono Contemporary Music Week, in Citta di Castelo, Italy. Commission for Ensemble Suono Giallo

(2016) Composit New Music Festival, in Rieti, Italy. Commission for Ensemble mdi

(2016) June in Buffalo, University at Buffalo. Performance of DreamPlay III, for six performers by Dal Niente Ensemble

(2014) Northwestern New Music Festival (NUNC 1). Performance of ASC-4.1-III13, for string quartet by Mivos Quartet

(2013) Program Voix Nouvelles, Session de Composition, Fondation Royaumont. Commission for Namascae Lemanic Ensemble

(2013) Musiikin Aika Festival, in Vitasaari, Finland. Performance of Obsessions Sombres by Curious Chamber Players

(2013) Takefu International Music Festival, in Takefu, Japan. Commission for Next Mushroom Promotion

(2012) Darmstadt International Summer Course, in Darmstadt, Germany. Performance of Obsessions Sombres by ensemble dissonart

Invited Talks

(2018) Aetopouleio Cultural Center of Athens: Mozart and Deconstruction. Guest Lecturer

(2016) Harvard and Tufts Universities: The Historical Trajectory of Dialectical Listening and the Metaphysics of the Avant-Garde in the Work of Luigi Nono: An Application to A Pierre. Dell’ azzurro silenzio inquietum (1985). Presentation of paper in the conference Utopian Listening: Luigi Nono’s Later Electroacoustic Works –Technologies, Aesthetics, Histories, Futures.

(2016) Composit New Music Festival: Heidegger's Conceptions of Ecstatic Temporality and Nihilism as Means to the Redefinition of a Musical Avant-Garde. Riety, Italy, July 12, 2016. Invited Lecture for the Composers' Symposium.

(2015) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Techniques of Literature in the Service of New Music Composition: Allegory, Montage, Fragmentation, Delinearization. Guest Lecturer.

(2013) Manhattan School of Music: Presentation of my work. Guest Lecturer.

(2012) Greek Ministry of Education: The Role of Art in the Modern University: Seeking for Academic Excellence. Invited speaker for the conference “The Institution of Excellence in the Highest Education” organized by the program Academic Excellence.

Teaching

(2016, Fall) Instructor, Music Theory III, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University

(2016, Spring) Instructor, Music Theory II, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University

(2015, Fall) Instructor, Harmony and Counterpoint I, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University

(2011-2013) Instructor, Aural Skill Classes, School of Music in Boston University

(2011-2013) Departmental Tutor of Music Theory, School of Music in Boston University

Collaborations

Orchestras:
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Boston University Orchestra

String Quartets:
JACK quartet, Mivos Quartet, Momenta Quartet

Ensembles:
Sound Icon, Talea Ensemble, loadbang, mdi Ensemble, Dal Niente, Yarn Wire, TAK Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players, IAMA, ALEA III, Suono Giallo, Namascae Lemanic Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, Next Mushroom Promotion, Percussion Duo, Sofia Soloists String Orchestra, Idée Fixe, GuitArte Ensemble, Thailand Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Greek Ensemble of Contemporary Music, dissonArt Ensemble

Discography

(2015) Traces
GuitArte Ensemble
Label: Ekfrassis Production
(includes Le Phantôme de Marseille, for five guitarists, two actresses, live video art, and lights, 2013, commissioned by GuitArte Ensemble)
Find Traces Here

(2012) Flute Dimensions
Ria Georgiadou
Label: Irida
(includes une petite oeuvre pour l’écho des rêves I, for alto flute and guitar, 2012, commissioned by Ria Georgiadou)
Find Flute Dimensions Here

© 2020 Ioannis Angelakis