About

Alexis Porfiriadis is a composer, pianist and improviser. He received his Phd in Composition in Bath Spa University/UK (2016), supervised by James Saunders. He also studied composition with Gerd Kühr (MA in Composition and Music Theory, 2002), Beat Furrer (Postgraduate in Composition, 2004) and Mathias Spahlinger (Klangwege 2003)in University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria.

Selected prizes and awards including Music Promotion Prize of Graz, the Austrian State grand for Composition, the Scholarship for special academic achievements of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Culture, the Carl Michael Ziehrer Trust Scholarship, the Third Prize at the Second International competition for Composition for String Quartet by Molinari Quartet. Porfiriadis' compositions and installations have been presented in Europe, Canada and the USA. His pieces were part of the program of festivals like: ISCM World Music Days 2013 Kosice/Slovakia - SITE Festival Stroud/UK (2012) - a musical minimum festival the Wulf, Los Angeles/USA (2010) - Festival „Molinar del Segura“, Alicante/Spain (2006) - Dimitria Festival Thessaloniki/Greece (2006)

Since 2008 his compositions consist mainly of verbal and graphic scores. He is interested in composing pieces that encourage collaboration and collective decisions between the performers. He is also interested in investigating the possibilities opened up by verbal and graphic notation and open form.

He has taught improvisation (as well as music theory classes such as Harmony, Counterpoint, Instrumentation, Orchestration and Musical Analysis) in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and since 2007 he has convened improvisation and graphic/verbal notation workshops in several other academic and non-academic contexts. As an improviser and performer, he has collaborated with artists coming from a variety of different media backgrounds in Greece, Austria and Serbia, and in 2007 he co-founded the 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble in Thessaloniki (http://6daexit.wordpress.com/).

Part of his verbal/graphic score Drops for ensemble (2008/09) was published in Leonardo Music Journal (http://www.leonardo.info/lmj/ about.html) in December 2011, in the non-conventional scores collection “Beyond Notation: Communicate Music” together with works by Pauline Oliveros, Juerg Frey, Gordon Mumma and others. The same score was scheduled for performance in ISCM Word Music Days 2013 in Slovakia.

1. EDUCATION

1.1 DEGREES

2016 
PhD in Composition, supervised by James Saunders (University of Bath-Spa, Bath/UK)
2003-2004 
Postgraduate in Music Composition, Class: Beat Furrer (University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria)
1997-2002
M.A. in Music Composition and Music Theory with distinction, Class: Gerd Kuehr (University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria)
1993 
Piano Performance Diploma with Unanimous Jury Prize (State Conservatory of Music, Thessaloniki/Greece)
1993-1997 
Diplomas of harmony, counterpoint, and fugue (State Conservatory of Music, Thessaloniki/Greece)

1.2 SEMINARS

2007 
Impuls Graz 2007, composition courses with Beat Furrer, Enno Pope, Bernhard Lang.
2006 
Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2006, composiiton courses with Beat Furrer, Manos Tsangaris, Helmut Lachenmann, George Aperghis
2003-04 
Composition courses and analysis seminar with Mathias Spahlinger (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz/Austria)

1.3 AWARDS / DISTINCTIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS

2013  
State grand for Composition of the Republic of Austria
2002  
- Music Award of the city of Graz, Austria
- Scholarship of the Carl Michael Ziehrer Trust
- Scholarship of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
2000-2001
Scholarship for special academic achievements of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Culture

2. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2.1 UNIVERSITY

2005-2009 
Part Time Lecturer, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Courses taught: Music Theory, Improvisation, New Music Notation

2.2 CONSERVATORIES – MUSIC SCHOOLS

2016-17 
Municipal Conservatory of Marousi/Athens. Courses taught: Music Theory, Harmony
2012-14 
Greek State Conservatory. Courses taught: Music theory, Experimental Music
2010-2011 
Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Courses taught: Music theory
2007-2015 
Conservatory “Kostas Matzigkos” Thessaloniki. Courses taught: Music Theory, Improvisation
2005-2006 
State Music School of Serres/Greece Professor for music theory. Courses taught: Music Theory, History of Music

2.3 WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

2015, 2016 and 2017  
Music Improvisation Workshop, Musical Praxis Conservatory Athens
2012/13 
- Ensemble for Experimental Music, State Conservatory of Greece, Conservatory Musical Praxis Athens
- Landscape scores //A site-specific summer workshop on verbal & graphic scores, together with Dr. Danae Stefanou, Syros, Greece  - Seminar for graphic and verbal scores, KNOT Gallery Athens (together with Dr. Danae Stefanou)
2011 
Analysis, performance and composition of verbal and graphic scores in ΚΝΟΤ Gallery Athens
2010 
Series of three improvisation workshops (with Dr. Danae Stefanou) at the 40 Ekklisies Secondary School, Thessaloniki
2009 
- Workshop “Frameworks for Free Improvisation” (with Dr. Panayiotis Kanellopoulos and Dr. Danae Stefanou), 1st Biennial Euro-Mediterranean Music Conference, Cyprus Music Institute, University of Nicosia, Cyprus. 
- “Composing without Notes” workshop (with D. Stefanou), Music Village, Ag.Lavrentios, Pilion. 
2007 
Music Improvisation Seminar for children, adolescents and adults, State Conservatoire of Kalamaria/Thessaloniki (with Despina Karapanou)

2.4 INVITED TALKS / PRESENTATIONS

01/2015  
Talk at Orpheus Institute Gent/Belgium on Composing with verbal/graphic notation which cultivates the collaboration and the collective decisions between the performers, for the PhD students of the Institute (invited by Orpheus Institute and Dr.Luk Vaes)
02/2012 
Talk at Centre for musical research, Bath Spa University (UK), on the subject of Composing for improvisers with verbal and graphic notation
2011 
- 2nd Athens Composer / Performer Conference, Round table discussion with Dr. Roger Redgate, Dr. Danae Stefanou, Dr. Katrin Zenz, Deree College, co-organized with Goldsmiths, University of London,October
- Guest speaker on composition for improvisers on Experimental Music: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives undergraduate module, Department of Music Studies, A.U.TH. (invited by Dr. Danae Stefanou)

3. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES - CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PUBLISHED WORK

06/2016 
‘Structuring the unknown: decision-making in open-form compositions for groups’, Music and/as Process Conference 2016, Bath Spa University/UK
03/2015 
“A Preliminary Music Improvisation Study with Fifth Grade Children”, 4th International Scientific Conference, Creative Arts Interconnection-Paideia-Therapy, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (joint poster with despina klonari)
06/2013 
“The composer as facilitator. Composition as an invitation for improvisation and collective processes by the performers”, Music and/as Process Symposium 2013, University of Huddersfield, UK
10/2012 
“An Aria with Words of Nothing: Exploring verbal and graphic notation for voice and piano, INTIME Symposium University of Coventry, U.K. (joint paper together with Sapfo Pantzaki and Andreas Papapetrou)
09/2012 
“Something out of Nothing”, Perspectives on Musical Improvisation Conference, University of Oxford, U.K., (joint practical session together with Dr.P.Kanelopoulos and Dr.D.Stefanou)
09/2011 
“The eventfulness of unheard thoughts: Words of Nothing for piano player(s) [2010]”, Word Event: a verbal notation symposium, Bath Spa University, Bath/UK, (joint paper together with Danae Stefanou)
07/2010 
“From work to workshop: extending the social basis of compositional and performance processes towards collectivity”, International Conference Beyond the Centres: Musical Avant-gardes since 1950, Thessaloniki/Greece
09/2009 
“Frameworks for Free Improvisation: Shared Practice as Research” (panel & workshop with P. Kanellopoulos and D.Stefanou), 1st Biennial Euro-Mediterannean Music Conference, Cyprus Music Institute, University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
03/2009 
“On approaching the Music Theatre of George Aperghis”, Hellenic Musical Creation of the 20th century on the Lyrical theatre and Performance Arts Congress, Concert House of Athens, Athens/Greece
02/2009 
“On approaching the Music Theatre of Beat Furrer”, 2nd International Conference for PhD Music Students, A.U.TH. School of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies, Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki/Greece.
2008 
“The political music and the italin composer Luigi Nono”, Polytonon Music Magazin, Issues 29/30
10/2006
“An example of new music in Austria. The composer Gerd Kuehr and a analysis of ‘Idea 94 – Musikalische Szenen für Sopran, Violoncello und Klavier’ “, Theory of Music and Analysis- Methodology and Practice, A.U.TH. School of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies, Thessaloniki/Greece

4. COMMISSIONS/REVIEWS/DISCOGRAPHY/ LIST OF WORKS-PREMIERES

4.1 COMMISSIONS

2016 
Commission by Ensemble Wiener Collage for the work Love Song, Vienna/Austria
02/2009 
Before for voice and piano. Commissioned by the Greek Composers Union. Premiere: Aetopoulio Cultural Center, Athens
04/2006 
Quatre pour Six, music pour quatre Saxophones. Commissioned by the ARS MUSICANDUM Sax-Quartett (Spain). Premiere: Festival for new music „Molinar del Segura“, Alicante/Spain
10/2004 
J’avoue–Musik für Chor und Klavier. Commissioned by Vokalsolisten Graz (Austria). Premiere: October 2004, Minoriten Saal, Graz
11/2004 
Fehlen–Musik für Klavier und Bratsche. Commissioned by Ensemble Tourlou (Belgium). Premiere: Salle Maene, Brussels
11/2001 
Die Verkörperung der Sinnlosigkeit des Körpers. Commissioned by the Grüne Akademie Graz (Austria). Premiere: November 2001, Bad zur Sonne, Graz, Ensemble Ensuite Graz
12/2000 
Und dann kam die Dunkelheit. Commissioned by Ensemble Ensuite Graz. Premiere: Minoriten Saal, Graz/Austria

4.2 DISCOGRAPHY

2012
Aria for voice(s) (2010/11), Protos Orofos Thessaloniki, CD Compilation of the groups who played in the venue in 2011.Voice: Sapfo Pantzaki
2011
3 minute excerpt from Drops for ensemble (2008/09) in Leonardo Music Journal, Vol.21, December 2011, Collection Beyond Notation/Notation Beyond, curated by Andrew Raffo Dewar, USA
2006
Quatre pour Six – Music pour quatre Saxophones, Ibersonic, ARS MUSICANDUM Sax- Quartett, Spain
2005
Dromena für Streichquartett, ATMA Classique, Molinari Quartet, Canada
2002
F.U.S.A. – Etude über den Krieg, iem Soundreport 02–IEM Graz, Austria