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 and artistic coordinator for the Atlas Lab from 2011 till 2016. Since 2011 he is artistic coordinator of 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 been collaborating as a composer, stage director and performer with music ensembles and theatre companies in Europe, Asia and North America. For 2016 and 2017 he has been the artistic coordinator of the music theatre research platform RE-FUSE, an initiative of the Greek National Opera in collaboration with Gaudeamus. For the years 2017-2019 he is artist in residence at Gaudeamus, under the programme Nieuwe Makers by the Performing Arts Fund NL, while for 2018 he is selected for Spr!tzl in Amsterdam, a makers’ atelier organised by Silbersee and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Thanasis is a current member of the Pina Bausch Company’s creative team under the stage director D. Papaioannou.



2017 November Music, performance installation by I/O, NL
2017 Gaudemus Muziekweek, performance installation by I/O, NL
2017 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, music theatre platform RE-FUSE, NL
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 ALICE, I/O, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, 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
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
2010 Harpyia, Ensemble Genesis, JP
2008 I was hunting but I didn’t know, GR
Friends of Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Photobiennale 2008