outHEAR Faculty 2019
Κlaus Lang, guest composer
The composer and concert organist Klaus Lang was born in Graz in 1971 and currently lives in Laßnitz, Styria. He studied composition, music theory and organ in Graz (among others with Hermann Markus Preßl, Beat Furrer and Younghi Paan), where he holds since 2006 a professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts.
Lang writes works for a wide variety of ensembles, including numerous commissioned works for festivals such as steirischer herbst, the Lucerne Festival, Ultraschall Berlin and the Biennale in Munich. A special focus of his artistic work is his music theater work.
Dimitri Papageorgiou, artistic co-director
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 associate professor of composition at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
He has served as guest composer at the University of Iowa School of Music, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of Music, Drama and Media at Hanover, Bilgi University of Istanbul, and the University of Tehran. He is a faculty member at the Delian Academy for New Music, an international summer academy for composers and sound artists, which is curated under the auspices of Georges Aperghis and is located on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
His works have been aired several times by the ÖRF (Austria), the Greek National Radio (3rd Program and 95.8), and several U.S. Radio Stations. He has appeared in festivals, conferences, and concerts in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Iran, Turkey and several States of the U.S.A. (NY, CA, FL, MI, IL, IA, OH, GA, etc).
Orestis Toufektsis, artistic co-director
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.