About Thanasis

Thanasis was born in Larisa, Greece, in 1983 and grew up in a family of traditional musicians. In his late teenage he moved to Thessaloniki to study composition and music theatre at the University of Macedonia. A few years later he moved to Amsterdam to complete his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and explore the city’s contemporary music scene. He has worked as assistant artistic director for the Nieuw Ensemble from 2011 till 2014, while since 2011 he works as an artistic coordinator for the Atlas Lab and the Composers’ Festival Amsterdam of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2014, together with a team of artists of various backgrounds, Thanasis co-founded the Amsterdam-based interdisciplinary company I/O. He has collaborated as a composer, stage director and performer with music ensembles and theatre companies in Europe and abroad. Since 2016 he is the artistic coordinator of the international music theatre research platform RE-FUSE, an initiative of the Greek National Opera in collaboration with the Gaudeamus Music Week. For the years 2017 and 2018 he is artist in residence at the Gaudeamus Music Week, under the programme Nieuwe Makers by the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Festivals

2016 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, performed by Looptail, NL
2016 Opera Forward Festival, music theatre platform RE-FUSE, NL
2015 Mediterranea 17 – Young Artists Biennale, Greek entry, IT
2014 Innovations en concert, Gaudeamus-Montréal, performed by 7090, CA
2013 son[UT]opias campUSCulturae, performed by the Atlas Ensemble, ES
2013 Kortrijk Festival, performed by Ensemble Genesis, BE
2013 Musica Nova Heslinki, performed by the Atlas Ensemble, FI
2012 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, performed by the Nieuw Ensemble, NL
2012 Atlas Festival, performed by the Atlas Ensemble, NL
2010 Composers’ Festival Amsterdam, NL
2010 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, performed by the Nieuw Ensemble, NL

Commissions (selection)

2017 a bit unfair, Seldom Sene, Orgelpark, NL
2016 Thieves, Looptail, NL
2016 I/Orgel, an I/O collaborative project, Orgelpark, NL
2015 Wait, I’ll – 5 incidents, The Riot Ensemble, UK
2014 …while they were watching…, Ensemble Proton Bern, CH
2014 Lovyrinths, I/O in collaboration with Ensemble Genesis, Orgelpark, NL
2013 The Meal (installation part), National Museum of Contemporary Art of Greece, GR
part of the exhibition Afresh, A New Generation of Greek Artists, in collaboration with E. Theou
2013 I/O, Nieuw Ensemble and Looptail, An Evening of Today, NL
in collaboration with Roelof Pothuis, George Dumitriu, Kieran Klaassen
2012 Ignored Manuals, Ekmeles vocal ensemble, US
2012 Satyrcrash, Atlas Ensemble, NL
2012 putridity and the vortex of shallow reciprocations, NL
Amsterdam Collage Ensemble, on texts by D. Dimitriadis
2011 Sound of Protest, Yo! Opera Festival, NL
an interdisciplinary performance, in collaboration with Ji Youn Kang (live electronics)
2011 Grief of Eurydice, Ensemble Genesis, JP
a collective interdisciplinary opera under the direction of M. Suzuki
2011 The Meal, a community project combining archeology with theater, GR
in collaboration with E. Theou
2010 Harpyia, Ensemble Genesis, JP
2008 I was hunting but I didn’t know, GR
Friends of Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Photobiennale 2008