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Giorgos Koumendakis was born in Rethymnon (Crete) in 1959. At the
age of 15 he started composing.
He has composed more than 60 pieces, for orchestra, chamber music,
chamber orchestra, operas, oratorios and for ancient tragedies and his music
has been performed in more than 300 concerts internationally.
He has participated in many international festivals:
Bienale of Venice 1985 (Teatro la Fenice)
Epidaurus Festival 1981, 1984, 1989, 1996 (Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus)
Athens Festival 1988, 1989
European Year of Music 1985 (Asolo, Bolzano, Luxembourg) Commission by the European
Community Youth Orchestra. His selection was made by G. Ligeti
World Music Days Festival: 1987 Germany, 1988 Hong Kong, 1990 Oslo
Festival de la Musique Grecque (Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris 1981)
Midem-International Festival in Cannes 1987
Frankfurt Feste 1987
IV Festival di Musica Contemporanea, Naples 1987
Semaines Musicales Internationales d' Orleans 1987
Week of Greek Music in London (Purcell Room) 1989
Middelburg Festival Holland 1990
Lecce Festival 1992
"Tage fur Neue Musik" Festival Zurich 1992
"Presences 92", Radio France, Paris 1992
Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea, Palermo, 1992, 1997
New Musica 4, London, 1994
Argos Festival: 1995, 1996, 1997
Thessaloniki European Cultural Capital, 1997
Greece in Britain, 1998 (London - Purcell Room, Oxford - Sheldonian Theater)
Kalamata International Dance Festival, 1998
Aix en Provence Festival, 1998, Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture
(Theatre de l' Archeveche)
His works have been performed - among others - by Quattor Leonardo,
ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN, European Community Youth Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta,
Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Divertimento Ensemble, Xenakis Ensemble, Hong
Kong Ensemble, Arraymusik Ensemble, New Greek Quattor, La Camerata (Athens Megaron)
Friends of Music Orchestra, Actis, Alea III, Accademia Musicale Siciliana, Orchestre
des Jeunes de la Mediterranee, Composer's Ensemble, The City of Oxford Orchestra
and have been conducted among others, by Arturo Tamayo, Gunther Schuller, Diego
Masson, James Judd, Mathias Bamert, Ingo Metzmacher, Sandro Gorli, Olivier Cuendet,
Christian Eggen, Stefan Skold, Henry Kucharzyk, Miltos Logiades, Gaetano Colajanni,
In 1979 he represented Greece at the Unesco International Forum for Composers
He has collaborated on six occasions with the Dance Company "OMADA
Since 1994 he works with "Studio 19", trying to adapt
new technologies in music production.
He has been given 4 commissions from the Athens Megaron.
In 1998 was performed at the Athens Megaron ("Friends of Music"
Hall) his work "Missa Harmoniae Verbi" for 4 soloists, choir, string
quartet and orchestra, conducted by Alex. Myrat.
His work "Petit Concerto pour Piano et 7 Instruments"
will be performed, as compulsory piece, at the Competition "Dimitris Mitropoulos"
1998, for young conductors.
Giorgos Koumendakis has been awarded the "Prix de Rome"
and he was a composer "pensionaire" for 1993 in Villa Medicis, Rome.
In 1994 he was awarded the "Nikos Kazantzakis Price".
5 CD with his works have been released. A new CD is under release
with Aris Christofellis and the "Chromaton Orchestra".
Recently he has been appointed "Composer in Residence" for
the Hellenic Concert Series in London and he will compose 3 works, over the next
two years, which were commissioned for Clio Gould and the "BT Scottish Ensemble",
with generous support from the "Michael Marks Charitable Trust".
This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Friends of Music Society "Lilian Voudouri" URL below, which contains image.
A learned Greek humanist, born 1470 at Retimo, Crete;
died 1517 at Rome. The son
of a rich merchant, he went, when quite young, to Italy,
where he studied Greek at Florence,
under the celebrated John Lascaris, whom he afterwards almost equalled in classical
scholarship. In 1503 he became professor of Greek at Padua,
where he taught with great success. Later at Venice,
he lectured on Greek, at the expense of the republic, and became a member of the
Aldine Academy of Hellenists.
Musuros rendered valuable assistance to Aldus Manutius in the preparation
of the earliest printed editions of the Greek authors, and his handwriting formed
the model of Aldus's Greek type. He contributed greatly in giving to the Aldine
editions the accuracy that made them famous, while his reputation as a teacher
was such that pupils came from all countries to hear him lecture. Erasmus, who
had attended his lectures at Padua,
testifies to his wonderful knowledge of Latin. To his profound scholarship the
editions of Aristophanes, Plato, Pindar, Hesychinus, Athenaeus, and Pausanias
owed their critical correctness.
In 1499 he edited the first Latin and Greek lexicon, “Etymologicum
Magnum”, printed by Zacharias Callierges of Crete.
In 1516 he was invited by Leo X to Rome,
where he lectured in the pope's gymnasium and established a Greek printing-press.
In recognition of the beautiful Greek poem prefixed to the editio princeps of
Plato, Pope Leo appointed him Bishop of Malvasia (Monemvasia)
in the Morea, but Musuros died before starting for his distant diocese.
Besides numerous editions of different authors he wrote several Greek
epigrams which with the elegy on Plato published in the Aldine edition (Venice,
1513) are about his only extant writings.
Edmund Burke, ed.
Transcribed by: Douglas J. Potter
This text is cited June 2003 from The Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent online edition URL below.