Events — Music
Saturday 03 Feb 2024
Nimata is an innovative musical programme that aims to embark on the intricate tapestry of new music. The project brings together a dynamic ensemble of composers and performers, each contributing their unique voice to a sound exploration that takes music to new borders. It explores the connections and threads that unite different musical styles and genres through a variety of musical instruments, providing a profound and thought-provoking experience for the audience.
Nimata presents some of the most innovative young Greek musicians who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Their studies have been supported by the Athena Scholarship which brought them together, offering the performers shared experiences and financial support.
A complimentary drinks reception will follow the event.
About Dimitris Soukaras
Dimitris Soukaras is a Greek guitarist and arranger based in London. He is considered one of the most prominent guitarists of his generation. Soukaras is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Ionian University in Corfu. He is beneficiary of 20 international awards, the only guitarist awarded by the Academy of Athens, holder of a DipRAM (the highest award of excellence in Performance by RAM and the first student of the Ionian University to complete his studies in three years instead of five. His studies have been supported by the Academy of Athens, RAM and the Athena Scholarship. 2021 marked the release of Dimitris’s new album ROOTS for NAXOS international records. The music in the programme covers a spectrum of genres that have flourished in Greece in recent years, from jazz to contemporary avant-garde. In making this recording he took the opportunity to invite some of Greece’s leading composers: Antoniou, Tsalahouris, Klampanis, Maroulis, to write for his instrument for the first time.
In 2019 he founded MUΣΑ Concert Series a Music Festival, taking place every summer at the Archeological Space of Ancient Corinth. As a soloist, he has performed with the Audentia Ensemble, Filarmonica de Stat Filarmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica Campana, City of Patras String Orchestra, Academica Athens Orchestra and Ionio Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals at King’s Place, Musikverein, Cervantes Theater, Megaron Concert Hall and has recorded for the National Greek Radio. Composers such as the Grammy Award Winners Leo Brouwer and Sergio Assad, have dedicated new compositions to him.
About Alexandra Achilea-Pouta
Alexandra Achillea Pouta is a mezzo-soprano, winner of the 2023 Guildhall Gold Medal Award, and a two-time finalist of the Maria Callas Foundation Competition. She is a Samling Artist and was a 2022 Snape Artist in Residence at Britten Pears Arts. Performance highlights include a European tour with Martha Argerich and the Peace Orchestra; her debut at the Carnegie Hall with pianist Elisabeth Pion; Harawi by Messiaen at Milton Court; Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme at Barbican Hall, as well as performances at the Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, Durham Cathedral, and Union Chapel among other venues. She works with Idrîsî Ensemble and has performed several opera roles.
She studied Musicology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Historical Performance at the Early Music Centre of the Athens Conservatoire, and Vocal and Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Chorus and is currently a Guildhall Junior Fellow.
About Iason Maroulis
Iason Maroulis is a Greek composer interested in the musical representation of the sensory and emotional aspects of concepts, as understood empirically. His work relies on the understanding and uncovering of the abilities of instruments, achieved through a personal exploration of them, as well as through collaboration with performers. This way of working allows the development of a personal way of writing for each instrument, which helps in the authentic representation of the subject of each of his works.
After graduating from his undergraduate studies with a first-class honours in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, under the tuition of Rubens Askenar, he moved to Graz, Austria, to start a Master’s degree in Composition at the Kunstuniversität Graz, under the tuition of Clemens Gadenstätter. He has attended lessons and masterclasses with prestigious composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Clara Iannotta, Alberto Posadas, Franck Bedrossian and Ramon Lazkano, among others. He has collaborated with ensembles such as Barcelona Modern Ensemble, .abeceda new music ensemble and MotoContrario ensemble, and with individual performers such as the guitarist Dimitrios Soukaras, the baritone Harald H. Hein, the flautist Aleksandra Škrilec and the double bassist George Kokkinaris among others. Iason’s studies have been supported by the Athena Scholarship.
About Yianni Frantzeskakis
Yianni Frantzeskakis is a Greek composer and violinist based in London, UK. He is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the support of the Athena Scholarship. As a composer, he has a strong interest in expressing the primitive nature of sound through complex processes, often involving mathematical and physical properties. Behind his intricate musical language lies a statement about our perverse tendencies to endlessly construct and deconstruct. Frantzeskakis’s music has been performed by numerous musicians such as Ben Smith, Mira Benjamin, and Chris Brannick amongst others. Frantzeskakis is also an active violinist frequently performing a wide range of old and new music as part of various ensembles. He previously studied composition with Kronilios Selamsis, Dr. Paul Newland and Malcolm Singer, and he is currently under the tutoring of Dr. Richard Baker.
About Manos Kitsikopoulos
Manos Kitsikopoulos, a native of Greece, is widely recognised as one of the country’s most versatile musicians and pianists. He pursued his education at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, where he had the privilege of studying with renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor. During his time at the academy, Kitsikopoulos earned his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance with distinction, as well as the esteemed titles of DipRAM and Artist Diploma (level 8 Doctorate). Throughout his studies at the Royal Academy, Kitsikopoulos received strong support from esteemed institutions such as the Onassis Foundation, the Athena Scholarship, and the Life Action Trust. As a musician with immense versatility, Kitsikopoulos excels in performing a wide range of repertoire, as well as improvising and composing music.
Notable performances in his current season include a collaboration with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia in Spain, where he performed Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto under the baton of Martinez. Additionally, his themed piano recital titled Piano in Love at the Arhens Megaron Concert Hall was a sell out. Kitsikopoulos has also showcased his talents in performances accompanying silent movie masterpieces such as Potemkin Battleship, Sunrise and Nosferatu, where he composed original music and performed live at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall.
About Michalis Iskas
Michalis Iskas is a violin and viola performer working as an orchestral (CBSO, BSO, Oxford Phil), chamber and solo musician. He is also a folk performer, playing for years in Greece with prominent authentic musicians and with bands in London’s multicultural music scene. He has appeared in venues such as Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St.James Piccadilly, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Bristol Beacon, Musikverein, Athens Megaron.
He is co-founder of the Diphonon Duo along with the accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz. They are Live Music Now musicians and fellows of Wigmore Hall Learning Department taking part extensively in community music projects. Numerous composers have written pieces for them. Recently they released their first CD. Iskas has studied in UoM, MDW, RAM and TLCMD and taken masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Garth Knox. He has been a RAM, Athena Scholarship and Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholar. Iskas is teaching violin/viola/ensembles in Saffron CYM and for the last couple of years has been teaching chamber music in the primary course of ProCorda.
About Ersilia Mikrou
Ersilia Mikrou was born in Athens. She began her music studies at the Atheneum Conservatoire with Theodor Matoulas at the age of nine and in 2015 she started preparing for a career abroad with Maria Bildea at the Athens Conservatoire. She won her first international competition, Jugend Musiziert in Germany, in 2017, along with other special prizes for her musical expression. She was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in 2018 and began her studies under the tutelage of Suzanne Willison-Kawalec. Over the course of her studies, she performed numerous UK premieres of chamber music and collaborated with composers on new contemporary works. She is also a regular guest of the Athens State Orchestra, as well as the Opera House in Greece. In 2022, Kikrou was accepted at the University of the Arts in Berlin to pursue a Masters’ Degree in the class of Marion Ravot. Most recently, she became a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Orchestra, placed as a semifinalist at the International Harp Competition Suoni d’Arpa in Saluzzo, Italy and has been collaborating on projects with numerous professional ensembles in the Berlin Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus.
About Nestor Vasilakis
Nestor Vasilakis is a Greek saxophonist and composer currently in his second year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the BMus Hons jazz course and a recipient of the Athena Scholarship. He has performed and has been taught by some of the most celebrated international jazz musicians such as Jeff “Tain” Watts, Benito Gonzales, David Liebman, Dave Kikoski, Essiet Okon Essiet, Craig Bailey, Andy Sheppard, Jean Toussaint. He has played alongside his father Dimitrios at numerous jazz festivals and venues in New York, Paris, London and in Greece, such as at the United Nations, Harvard University, Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival, Athens Concert Hall, Onassis Cultural Center, Jazzy Colours Festival Paris, and jazz clubs in Athens, London and New York.
About Vasilis R. Alevizos
Vasilis R. Alevizos is a pianist, composer and conductor that explores different art mediums, connecting music with a reflection on society through the high level of musical activity. Based in Athens and London, he distinctively graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA in Piano Performance and a Professional Diploma in Piano and Composition. He graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master in Composition for screen and the Jo Horowitz Graduation Prize for Composition 2021. He is an award-winning conductor and he received scholarships and awards for his music at International Film Festivals, winning the award for ‘Best Composer’ at the Oslo Film Festival. He has worked for Channel 4, ICA, SHOWstudio, NAXOS and collaborated closely with Philip Glass and John Adams. A native of Athens, he graduated the Athens Conservatory and received his BA in Communication and Mass Media. He has given lectures at the University of Athens and King’s College in London, where he was a tutor for three years.
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