Dimitris Maronidis (b.1980) composes acoustic, electroacoustic, mixed media and interactive music. In his most recent works he tries to bring together these fields and he explores extensively algorithmic processes for organizing his musical material. He uses technology experiment, explore and expand the properties of sounds


Dimitris has studied Counterpoint, Orchestration and Composition at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. From 1998 to 2006 he studied at the Music Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and between 2006 and 2010 he was a PhD student at the University of York funded by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY). In 2011 he moved to United States of America and pursued a post-doc research as a visiting Fulbright scholar at Harvard University.


He has studied computer music at the Institute of Psychoacoustics (IPSA) in an experimental project held at the Aristotle University in collaboration with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hospital) directed by Thanassis Rikakis. There he was introduced to the techniques of computer assisted composition (CAC) and electronic music.


His works have been performed in many places and festivals around the world by decent ensembles and orchestras (Lorraine Symphony Orchestra (FR), State Orchestra of Thessaloniki (GR), State Orchestra of Athens (GR), Nieuw Ensemble (NL), dissonArt ensemble (GR), ContraTempo Chamber Orchestra (GR), Diotima Quartet (FR), Chimera Ensemble (UK) etc)


He has lectured in composition, music theory and orchestration classes at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is currently teaching  orchestration at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.


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Post-Doctorate

Activities:

(2011) Harvard University, Music Department (US), Boston. Visiting Artist/Scholar. Project coordinator Chaya Czernowin.



Post-Graduate

Studies:

(2006-2009) University of York, United Kingdom, Department of Music. Ph.D in Music Composition. Supervised by Dr. Thomas Simaku.


Undergraduate

Studies :

(1998-2006) Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Music. Graduated after 5 years long course. Dissertation on : “Programming Language MAX/msp as a tool for the creation of  Interactive music works with the use of Markovian Chain Algorithms”


(2003-2006) State Conservatory Of Thessaloniki. Department of Composition and Analysis (4 years course, first Prize Degree)


(2001-2003) State Conservatory Of Thessaloniki. Department of Fugue Writing/Analysing and Orchestration. (2 years course).


(1999-2001) State Conservatory Of Thessaloniki. Department of Counterpoint Studies (2 years course).


(1996-1999) Conservatory Prakteon, Department of Harmony Study (4 years course).


Seminars:

2000-01 Seminars on Electronic & Algorithmic Music Composition, Institute of Psychoacoustics (IPSA), Department of Computer Music (Advisor: Katerina Tzedaki).


Seminar on Contemporary Music Composition– State University of Thessaloniki, Professor, David Blake, York University UK.


Seminar on Contemporary Music Composition Techniques (Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Helena Tulve, Theodore Antoniou).


[2007] Seminar on the compositional techinques of Iannis Xenakis. Iosif Papadatos, Nakas Conservatoire, Thessaloniki.


Awards:


(2005) “Policromia III” for Ensemble, was awarded at the annual Hellenic Society Composition Competition for young composers, Athens Concert Hall (OMMA), Ensemble of Greek Contemporary Music, direction: Theodore Antoniou.


(2007) “Ignis Fatuus” for Full Orchestra, awarded the second ptize at the first Paneuropean Composition Competition ‘Kostas Nikitas’. Aristotle University Concert Hall. Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra / Conductor Vladimiros Symeonidis


(2007) State Conservatory Of Thessaloniki. Composition Degree First Prize.


  1. (2008)"Pater Noster" for Mixed Choir, Second prize at the Choral Music competition organised by the State Conservatory of Katerini.

  2. (2009) “WiFi TeleMusik” for ensemble, interactive tape, live electronics & wireless communication. 3rd Modern Music Workshops, Thessaloniki.

  3. (2012)“Double Sun” for ensemble. Finalist @ KOTH/dissonArt composition competition, Thessaloniki Greece

(2014) “SonoSferics” for Tape. MAARBLE Sounds of the Space Composition Competition. Maarble Outreach Team



Comissions/Workshops:


Hellenic Society Composition Workshops [2005]. Athens Concert Hall (OMMA), Ensemble of Greek Contemporary Music.


Milano Incontra la Grecia [2009]. Milan 2009, in collaboration with the dissonArt ensemble. The WiFi TeleMusik Project.


3rd Modern Music Workshops, Thessaloniki [2009] Thessaloniki Megaron [OMMΘ].


HCMF (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) [2009]. United Kingdom 2009, in collaboration with the Nieuw Ensemble (The Netherlands).


  1. (2013)  Cat•er•waul Ensemble, United Kingdom. [commission in progress]


  1. (2010)TSSO Musicians’ Society - dissonArt Ensemble, ΚΟΘ - Underground.

  2. (2011)Loraine Symphonic Orchestra - Acanthes Festival, Metz, France.


  1. (2011)Royal Conservatoire of Copenhagen / P. Andreoglou

  2. (2012)State Orchestra of Athens. Comission for a new Orchestral Work.

  3. (2012)Chamber Orchestra Contra Tempo, Commissioned Polychromia IIb. Dir V. Symeonidis. Performed at State Conservatory of Thessaloniki 5/2012.


  1. (2012)Society of Musicians of The State Orchestra of Thessaloniki. Commissioned Raspberry Rain for 2       amplified percussionists. Performed at Palace Concert Hall, Thessaloniki 5/2012.


  1. (2012)Music Village at Agios Lavrentios / Contra Tempo Chamber Orchstra Commission for a new “Folk Song”


  1. (2012)OpenArt - Venice Biennale - Commission for the sound installation “Flag Kinetics”, Venice, Italy.


(2013) Riga Music Academy - commission for solo Violoncello + electronics piece (in progress)


(2013) Ums n Jip commission for the interactive open form work “Ganesh Paran” - Palace Concert Hall, Thessaloniki February 2013


(2013) Piandemonium - Commission for a 6 pianos’ played by 12 pianists piece. Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Hall (M2). November 2013.


Fellowships - Grants:


(2006 - 2010) Fellowship for postgraduate studies at The University of York (UK), awarded by Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY, www.iky.gr)


  1. (2011)ADAMI (Civil society for administration of the rights of the Artists and Musicians) & SACEM (Society of music authors, composers and editors) Grant to attend the Acanthes 2011 Festival.


(2011) Fulbright Artist’s Scholarship, Harvard University Visiting Artist.



Technical Experience:


MacOsX, OM, Finale, IgorEngraver, Logic Pro, Max/Msp, Csound, Cmix, SuperCollider, SoundEdit, AudioSculpt, Spear, Cecilia, Pages etc.     


Dissertation - Papers:


[2009] Ph.D. Thesis. Folio of Compositions & commentary. University of York, United Kigdom


[2006] Undergraduate thesis [AUTH]: “Programming Language MAX/msp as a device for the creation of  Interactive Music Works based on the use of Markovian Chain Algorithms”. Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Introduction to the sound organization techniques of Spectral music, State Conservatoire of Thessaloniki [2007]


Recording technology, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki(2002)


Introduction to Granular Synthesis, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2003)


‘Analysis and Recompose of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza I for Solo Flute using Markovian Chains algorithmic techniques, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Musicological Magazine : “Μουσικοτροπίες”. (2004).


Analysis of Luigi Nono’s orchestral work “No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrej Tarkowskij” Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Arts, Music Department (Dimitris Maronidis, Dimitris Tasoudis, 2006)


Notations 21, Theresa Sauer. Constellation (for Ensemble) Graphical Notation Piece. Published in the Graphical Scores Notation Anthology by Mark Batty Publisher (April 30, 2009). New York.



Conference Participation:


(2006) 1st Conference on Music Analysis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Arts, Music Department. Lecture on Luigi Nono’s work “No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrej Tarkowskij”


Membership:


1998-2001 Member of the Mixed Choir Ensemble of the Music Department of Aristotle Univeristy. Directed by Trisevgeni Kalokyri


Founding member of The DD ensemble & The LediTH ensemble. Thessaloniki 2007 - Ongoing.


Teaching Experience:


(2011-2012) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Lectures on “Baroque Polyphony”. Department of Music.


(2010-2011) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, lecturing on the study of Harmony and Composition. Department of Msuic, Thessaloniki


(2009-2010) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, lecturer of Orchestration. Department of Music Composition. Thessaloniki


(2003-2005) Hellenic Elementary Schools. Teacher of Music.


(2003-2005) Conservatory Phillipos Nakas. Teacher of Music Theory.


(2008 - 2010) Conservatory Galaxias. Prof of Music Theory.


(2010-2012) Conservatory Bolero. Prof of Music Theory.



Collaborations/Lectures:


Radio Broadcasting Series on the Life and Work of Igor Stravinsky. (Thessaloniki, Era3 102. FM)


Acoustics elaboration, creation and post-production for the theatrical performance «Happy Birthday» by the ensemble  “New Forms” in Thessaloniki.


Music for the dance/theatrical performance «ANGST» by the ensemble  “New Forms” in Thessaloniki (2008).


Lecture on The Development of Electronic Music during the 20th Century. Conservatory Papastathi, Trikala (2005)


Lecture on Music Technology & Electronic music notation. Conservatory Papastathi, Trikala (2005)


Participation to the Music Circus Event, organized by Danae Stefanou at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Les illuminations for computer, University of Thessaloniki, Greece [2008]


Lecture on creative uses of music technology and spectral music. University of York, UK (2008)


Lecture on recent techniques and works. Harvard University, Music Department. Boston, MA. USA


Lecture on “New Technologies in Music Composition” at Summer Master Class  Sigulda Baltais Fligelis, 14-23 July 2012. Latvia


Lecture on “Algorithmic Composition”. Summer Master Class at Sigulda Baltais Fligelis, 14-23 July. 2012 Latvia.


Lecture on “Chances and Challenges of Computer Music”. Summer Master Class at Sigulda Baltais Fligelis, 3 July. 2014 Latvia.




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