Originally from Athens, Greece, I am a composer, sound artist, electronic musician, and music educator.
Currently being a PhD Candidate in the Music Composition program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), I will be defending my dissertation in January 2021. At UCSD, I have worked closely with three exceptional figures in the field; Rand Steiger, Miller Puckette, and Lei Liang. I have also had the privilege to study at other significant institutions that include the Eastman School of Music, IRCAM, Sibelius Academy, and Ionian University. I am the Artistic Director of the ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, a composition and electronic music academy that takes place in Città di Castello, Italy since 2016.
As a composer, I have produced an extensive and colorful artistic portfolio. It consists of instrumental, electroacoustic, acousmatic, sound art, and sound installation works that involve acoustic components, pre-recorded media, and generative and interactive processes, being presented within immersive environments using multi-channel configuration setups and Ambisonics.
My creative practice focuses on sound sculpting and fundamentally deals with the themes of granularity and fragmentation. One of my primary research interests involves spatial motion, through which sonic spaces are formulated via electronically transforming the virtual space. I am fascinated with the conception and development of interdisciplinary artistic experiences through the symbiosis of a plethora of components for instance, technology, performance artists, visual media, and raw acoustic data from the natural world.
I maintain an active career collaborating with numerous performers and institutions globally. My compositions have been written for and workshopped by leading groups, such as the Mivos Quartet, ensemble Intercontemporain, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), and have been presented in the contexts of IRCAM, CCRMA at Stanford, SEAMUS at Berklee College, SPLICE Institute, Qualcomm Institute of Technology (Calit2), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), University of Montreal, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
My compositions have been awarded in, among others, the 1st International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (3rd Prize), Eastman Orchestral Composition Competition (1st Prize), and 9th International Foudoulis Composition Competition (2nd Prize). I have also been the finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize. For my academic work, I have been awarded fellowships and grants from the prestigious American Hellenic Educational Progress Association, and Onassis and Samuel Adler Foundations. The 2020-21 edition of my festival ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week was supported by the esteemed Ernst Von Siemens Music Foundation.
As an electronic musician and music technologist, I am fluent in operating software and programming platforms such as Max/MSP, PD, SPAT5.1, AudioSculpt, OpenMusic, Reaktor, Pro Tools, Ableton, Abode Audition, Reaper, Audacity. I have been also involved sound engineering and audio recording numerous concerts with important repertoire by composers Kaija Saariaho, Elaine Lillios, and Georgia Spiropoulos at IRCAM and UCSD. Lastly, I have been lengthily utilizing music production hardware, Dante networking systems, and Ambisonics in multi-channel venues, such as UCSD’s Experimental Theater and Spatialization Lab with 60.4 and 32.2 setups respectively.
Since 2018, I have been employed as Research Assistant at the Qualcomm Institute of Technology (Calit2), collaborating with a team of artists and scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on a project entitled Hearing Seascapes. With our workspace being the Institute’s Spatialization Lab, our team extracts, deploys, and electronically manipulates raw audio recording data captured by hydrophones at the bottom of the Arctic ocean. Our objective is to bring unseen elements of nature to the broader community through artistic experiences.
As a teacher, I have mentored a large number of students and have been appraised as a “super knowledgeable and fun teacher”, who “…always presents the materials very clearly” and “…gives out valuable tips that have substantially helped me to develop my skills further.” I have obtained considerable experience, having taught Composition, Music Fundamentals, Counterpoint, Theory and History of Electronic Music, Advanced Computer Music, Sound in Time, History of 20th Century Music.
Finally, being the Artistic Director of the ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, our core mission is to diversify the practice by bringing together young music creators of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and aesthetics to learn, share, and collaborate. We are delighted to have invited exceptional senior composers, among others, Chaya Czernowin, Rand Steiger, Franck Bedrossian, Carola Bauckholt, and Philippe Leroux. Stellar performers we have had the pleasure to work with include the [Switch~ Ensemble], and ensembles Schallfeld and Lemniscate. We have had participating composers representing 37 countries. We are immensely proud of our participants having left our academy with such inspiration and having developed their craft, they keep on flourishing in their careers, continuing their endeavors at institutions like Harvard, UC Berkeley, IRCAM, and Conservatoire de Paris.
I have given master-classes at the Ionian University as well as talks at Stanford University and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).
Since the summer of 2020, I am the composer-in-residence at the Paxos Festival in Greece. In 2021, I will be the composer-in-residence of the New Music Festival at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) in Ensenada, Mexico.