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Christos Lenoutsos, founder
Christos Lenoutsos was born in Larisa. He obtained his Diploma in Piano with distinction from the class of Ariadne Kalliazi at the Municipal Conservatory of Larissa, where he also studied Music Theory with Yannis Tsanakas.
He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, on the piano concert part, with Doris Wolf-Blumauer & Elza Kolodin. He graduated with the title "Magister der Künste" (Master of Arts). During his studies, he was honored by the Academy of Athens with the "Helen Mykoniou "Prize, and has received scholarships from the "Gina Bachaouer" Foundation, the Public Benefit Foundation "Alexander S. Onassis" and the Ministry of Science and Research of Austria.
He actively participated in master courses with Lazar Berman, Katerina Polyzoidou - Sourvali, Lev Vlassenko, Rudolf Kehrer, Bernard Ringeissen, Patrick Cohen and Malcolm Bilson.
His artistic activities include numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece and Austria. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in Romania, Serbia and Greece. He is also a member of the Piandaemonium ensemble (6 pianos-12 pianists) and the founder and artistic
director of the music festival Mousikotropo, of the Municipal Conservatory of Larissa (Greece). He teaches piano at the Municipal Conservatory of Larisa. He also taught piano for 13 years at the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia.
Dimitri Papageorgiou, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University
Papageorgiou’s music has always had a certain predilection towards various forms of similarity and structural reiteration. In such a context, structural redundancy and parsimony stand at the epicenter of his work, as recurrences of patterns that share the same underlying structure unfold in time, elaborating centripetally on the same structural complex or similar structural features again and again, creating, maintaining and exalting one or various states from a single or from a variety of perspectives.
He majored in composition with Hermann Markus Pressl and Andreij Dobrowolski at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts at Graz in Austria.
From 1998-2002 he held a Presidential Fellowship of the University of Iowa, U.S.A., for a Ph.D. in Composition with Donald Martin Jenni, Jeremy Dale Roberts, and David Karl Gompper.
He is appointed as an associate professor of composition at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Orestis Toufektsis, University of Music and Drama Graz
Orestis Toufektsis (Austria/Greece) was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From 1986 he studied piano, harmony and counterpoint at the conservatory, and at the same time geodesy at the Technical University in Thessaloniki. From 1993 he studied composition with Gerd Kühr at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
He is the winner of many awards and acknowledgments (for instance, the City of Klagenfurt Prize for Composition in 1995 and the Advancement Award for Music from the City of Graz in 2007). He is one of the founders of the artresonanz ensemble. Since 2007 he has been the president of the composers’ association "die andere saite".
He had works commissioned by ORF-Musikprotokoll 2012, State of Styria, Cultural Centre of Minoriten (Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz), by the ensembles artresonanz and zeitfluss as well as the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra. His compositions were performed in Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz, London, Bremen, Zagreb, Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as Austrian, German and Greek radio stations.
In the season 2007/2008 Toufektsis was a guest-composer at the Institute for Electronic Music of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz („Compositional aspects of self-similar structures“), in 2010 he took part in the project „Algorithmic composition in the context of New Music“, and 2011-2014 an international research project Point/Patterns of Intuition (IEM of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz).
Since October 1999 he teaches Music Theory at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts of Graz.
Dimitrios Polisoidis, Klangforum Wien
Dimitrios Polisoidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1961. He studied the violin with Dany Dossiou in his home town and later attended the University of Music, Graz, where he was taught by Christos Poyzoides and also studied the viola with Herbert Blendinger.
From 1990 to 1993 he was principal viola player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz, and in 1993 became a member of Klangforum Wien.
Dimitrios Polisoidis is devoting himself mainly to new music and to performing with experimental improvisation groups. He was artistic collaborator in several live electronic projects at the Electronic Institute of the University of Music, Graz, (IEM Graz).
He has performed internationally and worked with many renowned composers such as Peter Ablinger, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Gösta Neuwirth, Olga Neuwirth and George Lopez, who wrote works especially for him.
In 2012, the federal state of Styria awarded him the “Karl Böhm Interpreter’s Prize”. He teaches at the University of Music, Graz and at the Impuls Academy as well as at the International Holiday Courses in Darmstadt.
His CD recordings have been released by the labels hatART (Basle), Kairos (Vienna), Klangschnitte (Graz), mode rec (NY), and Lyra (Athens).