About

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I am an artist based in Thessaloniki, Greece. I prefer that people listen to my music instead of reading my biography but I can tell shortly that as a composer I try to approach the sound from various perspectives, usually in a playful way. I want to be free and explore my soundworld without restrictions. I do not belong or follow any particular artistic movement or trend. I am fascinated by the beauty of maths and technology in the world and in art. There is so much truth in there but ultimately the only tool I can really trust is my ear. I am grateful to all of the few people who have played my music and hope you will enjoy listening to it!


Short Artistic

Dimitris Maronidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1980. He composes acoustic, electroacoustic, mixed media and interactive music. In his most recent works he tries to bring together those fields and he extensively explores algorithmic processes for organizing his musical material. He uses technology to experiment, explore and expand the properties of sound.

He has studied Composition at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, musicology at the Music Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Computer Music at the Institute of Psychoacoustics (IPSA). There he was introduced to the techniques of computer assisted composition, sound synthesis and electronic music theory. He pursued a PhD in music composition at the University of York with Thomas Simaku. His doctoral studies were fully 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 been a visiting artist also at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) at the University of Zurich (ZHdK).

His works have been performed in many places and festivals around the world by various ensembles and orchestras (Lorraine Symphony Orchestra (FR), State Orchestra of Thessaloniki (GR), State Orchestra of Athens (GR), Nieuw Ensemble (NL), dissonArt ensemble (GR), Piandemonium (Gr), ContraTempo Chamber Orchestra (GR), Diotima String Quartet (FR), Chimera Ensemble (UK), devotioModerna (RO), Construction Ensemble (SRB), Trio Orbit (GR), Ums ’n Jip (CH), ART-i-Shock (LV), Altera Veritas (LV), Arena Festival (LV) etc.). His electronic works are also regularly performed in many venues across the world (MusLab (Mex), MusicaViva SoundWalk (POR), Open Festiva Venice Biennale (IT), Ars Electronica Forum Wallis (CH), Monaco Electroacoustic Days (MON), Espacio Sonoro (MEX), Forum Neue Musik (DE) e.t.c.

Dimitris is the artistic director of Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition and a leading member of Contemporary Music Lab A.U.Th. He is a tenure teaching fellow at the Music Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he teaches the courses of Music Theory and Computer Music.


Academic

Post-Doctorate
[2011] Harvard University, Music Department (US), Boston. Visiting Artist/Scholar. Project coordinator Chaya Czernowin.

[2015] Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology [ICST] ZHdK, Zurich. Artist in residence

Doctorate Studies
[2006-2009] University of York, United Kingdom, Department of Music. Ph.D in Music Composition. Supervised by Dr. Thomas Simaku.

Undergraduate
[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
[2000-1] 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 | Distinctions
[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.

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

[2009] WiFi TeleMusik for ensemble, interactive tape, live electronics & wireless communication. 3rd Modern Music Workshops, Thessaloniki.

[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

[2014] Ispahan for Tape. Revolution and Metamorphosis, Piece selected to be included in a soundWalk at O’culto da Ajuda within the Musica Viva Festival 2014. November 2014.

[2014] Orbits for Piano and Tape. Residency Award at ICST (Zurich) Concours International de Composition de Musique Electroacoustique de Monaco 2014

[2015] Orbits for Piano and Tape. First Prize at Composition competition F. Liszt. Fondazione Istituto Liszt Bologna, Italy

[2015] Fractal [4] selected to be presented at 60×60 (2014) Louisiana Mix. USA

[2015] Illumination Electronique II Selected for international performances by MUSLAB. Mexico.

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

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

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

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

[2016]  Cat•er•waul Ensemble, United Kingdom. [commission in progress]

[2010] TSSO Musicians’ Society – dissonArt Ensemble, ΚΟΘ – Underground.

[2011] Loraine Symphonic Orchestra – Acanthes Festival, Metz, France.

[2011] Royal Conservatoire of Copenhagen / P. Andreoglou

[2012] State Orchestra of Athens. Comission for a new Orchestral Work.

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

[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.

[2012] Music Village at Agios Lavrentios / Contra Tempo Chamber Orchstra Commission for a new “Folk Song”

[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.

[2015] Ergon Ensemble – Comission (ongoing)

[2016] Forum Neue Musik Hamburg – Moebius Strip I for ensemble

[2017] Bowling Green New Music Ensemble – Accordion Concertino |Moebius Strip II|

Fellowships | Grants | Residencies
[2006 – 2010] Fellowship for postgraduate studies at The University of York (UK), awarded by Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY, www.iky.gr)

[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.

[2015] Onassis Foundation – Grant to attend CCME Monaco 2015

[2015] ICST Residency at ZHdK, Switzerland.

Technical Experience
Expertise on various platforms [OSX, Linux]. IT administrator, Webserver Building, Networked Installations, Notation Software, Digital Signal Processing, DAW.

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

[2006] Undergraduate thesis at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: 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.

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

[2002] Recording technology, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

[2003] Introduction to Granular Synthesis, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

[2004] Analysis and Recomposition 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”.

[2006] 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.

[2009] 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.

Conferences
[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”

[2014] International Computer Music Conference ICMC|SMC 2014, Athens. Ganesh Paran for duo with RT score generation and electronics, performed by UMS n’ JIP.

[2014] soniHEAD Conference | Center for chronic deceases and disorders, BrainWaves for tape (sonification of EMOTIV-medical data) performed on 12 September 2014, Holbeck Cinema, Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

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

Teaching Experience
[2015-2016] Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Lectures on Counterpoint and Polyphony

[2015 – 2016] Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Lectures on Electronic Music and Programming

[2013-2014] State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Lecturer on orchestration.

[2011-2012] Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Lecturer on “Baroque Polyphony”. Department of Music.

[2010-2011] Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Lecturer on the study of Harmony and Composition. Department of Music, 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]

[2008 ]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.

[2011] Lecture on recent techniques and works. Harvard University, Music Department. Boston, MA. USA

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

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

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

[2015] Music for the theatrical performance «Orestis» by Euripides. Theatrical Group “KUNST” Thessaloniki (2015).