About

Composition

Orestis’s curiosity and interest in various music genres keep him too distracted to compose music that can be categorised in a particular movement or aesthetic. However, he believes that different influences can mould one’s personal language without disturbing its homogeneity and identity. He is fascinated by the ideas of deconstruction, subjective interpretation and fusion of pre-existing structures and textures that inspire him. These can derive from a barock passacaglia, a northern greek lament tune, Balinese Gamelan, to “My Way” from Frank Sinatra. However, this world of open possibilities is “filtered” and “transformed” through his personalised aesthetic criteria. Each piece is constructed in the philosophy of a small universe, where internal rules and balances tie the elements of the piece together. Composition is for him an internal need to communicate ideas and feelings, hoping that they might add a small stone to the mosaic of the existing musical heritage.

Biography

Orestis was born in 1993 in Sitia and grew up in Edessa (northern Greece) where he took his first musical steps at the municipal music school with degrees in harmony, counterpoint, and clarinet. Traditional music in greek provincial areas is usually culturally stronger than the so-called western classical one; this dichotomy between two musical worlds was the norm during his upbringing and played an important role in his positive attitude towards various musical influences and ethnomusicology.

His academic studies include a Master’s in composition with Christos Samaras at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he graduated as a valedictorian (2011-2017) and Masters’s/Concert Exams in Music with Dieter Mack at the Lübeck University of Music (2017-2021). He is now a doctorate candidate at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre as a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), researching hybrid voice techniques in contemporary music theatre. His artistic and academic work is supervised by Gordon Kampe and Nina Noeske and his new Opera “The Fall of the House of Commons” (libretto by Alexandros Lountzis and Orfeas Apergis) will be premiered in Hamburg in 2022. He has participated in numerous digital-or-analogue masterclasses with renowned composers, such as Michael Finnissy, Oliver Schneller, Rebeca Saunders, Phillip Mainz, and Thomas Adés.

Prizes

2021 Premium Prize at the Possehl competition for new performative concepts| Lübeck

2021 2nd Prize at the “Over the rainbow” composition competition for Human Rights| Vienna

2021 Finalist at the Toolbox Percussion composition competition| Hong Kong

2019 Finalist at the TONALi 2019 composition competition| Hamburg

2019 Finalist at the “Citta di Udine” international composition competition| Udine

2018 Brahms Festival Prize| Lübeck

2018 1st Prize at the “Spring days of contemporary music” composition competition| Weimar

2018 1st Prize at the 1st Kr. Penderecki composition competition for young composers| Krakau

2018 Public award for best short children’s book  for “Apenanti” by Thodoris Papaioannou| Athens

2016 2nd Prize (1st not awarded) at the “Giorgos Sisilianos” composition competition| Athens

2016 Excellence from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2015 Special Prize by the Hellenic Choir Association| Athens

2015 Semifinalist at the international composition competition “Maurice Ravel”| Bergamo

2015 1st Prize at the 6th International Antonin Dvorak composition competition| Prague

Commissions, collaborations

Greek National Opera, Athens State Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Unerhörte Musik Berlin, Possehl Stiftung,  Petersburg Art Space Berlin, MHL Orchester, Praga Sinfonietta, Thessaloniki Piano Festival LUX:NM, Ensemble Handwerk, Ensemble N, Trio Ludique et Sérieux, Quasars ensemble, Pre-art ensemble, MotoContrario, Greek ensemble of contemporary music, Hellenic Choir Association, Quartetto Saloniko, and more.

Performance

Orestis constantly seeks the feverish excitement of being on-stage, either as a performer or as a conductor. While in Greece, he has had concerts as a clarinet soloist, or as a choir member; since he moved to Germany, he developed a particular interest in the field of Performance Art and had masterclasses by Anna Clementi and Alwynne Pritchard. Performances of his include pieces by Alexander Schubert at festivals like Ultima in Oslo, Hitzacker Musiktage, Possehl Festival in Lübeck, #WePresent in Hamburg, Donaueschinger Musiktage etc. In September 2020 he was an artist in residence at the Petersburg Art Centre Berlin, where he and Irini Aravidou developed the interactive installation project CUBICLE.

Pedagogy

Orestis’s first steps in composition have been set with songs for children’s books, whose publication was followed by interactive presentations all over Greece. That offered him experience and enjoyment in working with children. He is now a music theory and clarinet teacher, working at several private and public schools.