An extract on #classicalmusic
He was born in Volos, Greece. He studied composition with Iannis Ioannidis and has written many compositions for live instruments and electronic media.
He is a graduate of the Department of Musicology of the University of Athens.
He plays live electronic music with a laptop as his instrument. A live work, entitled Jollywood, was based entirely on MIDI sounds.
He is interested in applying electronic techniques to acoustic music and in the exploration of acoustic musical expressiveness in the medium of electronic music.
In 2006, he won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award with his work for piano and orchestra, titled Black and White.
He is currently studying for a PhD in composition at the University of Huddersfield with the support of a scholarship from the Huddersfield contemporary music festival and the Centre of Research in New Music.
The DWS was founded in 1985 by Kim Campbell and Southern Methodist University music professor Howard Dunn. It was originally organized as a "reading band" to allow local professional freelance musicians (many of them music teachers and band directors) to play challenging wind ensemble music as they had in high school and college. The reading sessions led to performances, first at Southern Methodist University's Caruth Auditorium and then around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, with a formal concert season established at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in 1990.
After the death of Howard Dunn in 1991, the DWS launched an extensive national search for a new artistic director. Jerry Junkin, Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin, was named DWS Artistic Director and Conductor in 1993. Frederick Fennell served as Principal Guest Conductor from the mid-1990s until his death in 2004.
The DWS has released numerous high-fidelity recordings since 1991 in partnership with Reference Recordings, most of which were produced using the patented HDCD encoding process. Three recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards Trittico (1994, Producer of the Year, Classical), Holidays and Ephiphanies (1998, Producer of the Year, Classical) and Garden of Dreams (2007, Best Engineered Album, Classical).
Excerpts from DWS concerts are frequently heard on American Public Media's Performance Today show.
In 2009 Dilettante held a 'Digital Composer-in-Residence' competition which was the first such position to be offered anywhere in the world. The competition consisted of a preliminary period where applicants were judged on their compositions by a judging panel including Nico Muhly, Michael Christie and Jennifer Higdon, a period with voting open to the public, and a final event held at Wilton's Music Hall, London. The final took place on November 5, 2009 and was presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood. The finalists were Canadian Aaron Gervais, Taiwanese Chiayu and American David T. Little, whose compositions were performed by the London Sinfonietta alongside works that inspired them, including pieces by "great modernist iconoclasts, Charles Ives and Gyorgy Ligeti... [and] Jonathan Harvey, a composer of lofty spiritual inclinations." The title was won by David T. Little who took a 1,000 prize and has a dedicated section on the website.