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Stylianos Dimou is a Greek composer of acoustic, electroacoustic, and acousmatic music, as well as a conductor and performer. Recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, Dimou’s endeavours have been supported by numerous International Organizations such as the Fulbright Program, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative, Leventis Foundation, Gerondelis Foundation, Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, Cite Internationale des in Paris, Fondation Royaumont, the Federal ministry – EU – Culture and Media of Austria, the Artistic residency Herrenhaus Edenkoben, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH – Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility (ICM) and the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Participant of numerous International Composers Meetings, Festivals, and Competitions, Dimou pursued advanced studies in Music Composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Music Studies (Greece, 2011, BMus & MM in Composition) in the class of Prof. Christos Samaras. He subsequently undertook Graduate Studies at the University of Rochester in the Eastman School of Music (USA, 2013, MA in composition) studying composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Robert Morris, and David Liptak, and advanced electronic music with Allan Schindler.
In 2017-18 he was accepted at the prestigious professional training program in Composition and advanced Electronic Music, the Cursus program, in the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in Paris, France. The following year he was a Composer and Music Researcher at the OeAD organization closely affiliated with the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (2018-19). In the fall of 2019, Dimou was nominated as the selected Composer in residence, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, from the Greek Embassy’s call for an Artist. Dimou holds a Doctoral Degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, in Music composition having pursued advanced artistic research and graduate studies as a Deans’s Fellow; his primary teachers in Composition have been Prof. George Lewis, Prof. Fred Lerdahl, Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas, and in Computer Music Prof. Brad Gardon.
Dr. Dimou is a Research Assistant Professor, in the Music Department at the Hong Kong Baptist University. His teaching interests range from Composition to Music theory and analysis, and electronic/electroacoustic music. At the forefront of his research area is the topic of vibrant complexity and live interactivity utilizing technologies aimed at the ultimate blending among instrumental and electroacoustic entities. He is working towards artistic-technological frameworks where the technology is as equally involved as the human beings in the realization and final execution of a musical piece of art. His most recent instrumental compositions explore aspects of organic, pitch intricacies in relationship with the evolution and the eventual exhaustion of repetitive mechanic rhythmicity. His work includes concert pieces – mixed electroacoustic productions – and interactive audio installations aiming at the creation of immersive, electrified, and meticulously crafted, organic sonic experiences in various multichannel spatial contexts.
Some of his awards, distinctions, and nominations include the 2nd Prize in the Fifth Regensburg Composition Competition 2022, finalist nomination at the ICE Week 2022 with TEMPUS KONNEX ensemble, the Charles S. Miller Prize (2029) (graduate) from the GSAS of the Columbia University for artistic and academic excellence, his selection at the OPEN CALL of Festival Mixtur 2020, Honorable mention at the 2020 Call for Electronic Works by the Tesselat Composers Collective, the Award for artistic excellence as a Prominisng young Composer from the European-wide Ulysses Network / IRCAM 2018-2019, 1st Prize at the 2nd International Composition Competition “Amici della Musica di Cagliari“, 1st Prize at the International Prize for Composition “Luigi Nono”, 3rd edition, 2nd Prize in the 24th Annual Martirano Award, 1st Prize and the “Audience’s Prize” sponsored by the “Bärenreiter” Publishing Company at the Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik 2012 (International Festival for New music), 1st Prize at the 3rd International Composition Competition ‘‘Synthermia’’2009, 2nd Prize at the International Composition Competition “Ton de Leeuw 2008”, 2nd Prize at the 2nd Festival of Children Opera in Thessaloniki 2008, 3rd Prize in the International Composition Competition “Musica Domani Prize”, Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize, excellence in composition – Eastman School of Music 2012, 3rd Prize at the 3rd Competition of Music Composition in memory of D. Dragataki 2008,Outstanding Award at the 10th Chengdu China SUN RIVER PRIZE Composition Competition – ISCM 2014, Honorable Mention at the International ilSUONO Contemporary Music, finalist at the Finalist The Young Composers Competition 2017, Merit Award at the Tribeca New Music, Young Composer Competition, Finalist at the ALEA III International Composition Competition 2011, Runner up at the 2011 RED NOTE New Music Festival composition competition, Finalist International Composition Competition Antonín Dvořák 2010-11, Honorary mentions in the Greek Festival of Chamber Music 2007, 2009 & 2010.
Dimou has collaborated with numerous performers, ensembles, and orchestras including the Ensemble InterContemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, International Ensemble Modern Academy 2014/15, 2019/20 & 2021/22, the Arditti Quartet, the Sigma Project Saxophone Quartet, the MULTILATéRALE ensemble, the Proxima Centauri ensemble, the Concept Store Quartet, Quartet Iberosudamericano, Talea ensemble, ICE ensemble, Illinois Modern Ensemble, Insomnio Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, The New European Ensemble, Ensemble Risonanze Erranti, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, the Psappha ensemble, Jenaer Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, The ICP Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Orkest de Ereprijs, Talea ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Nikel, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, dissonArt ensemble, ALEA III, Alarm Will Sound ensemble, Stenhammar Quartet, Greek ensemble of contemporary music, Idee Fixe, Orpheus Soloists, and others.
Dimou’s music has been commissioned and presented by International Festivals, Institutions and Composition Competitions in Europe and the USA such as 64th International festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn 2021, Festival Ensemble(s) 2021 (Paris), OPEN MUSIC GRAZ - Junge Stücke festival 2021, Australasian Computer Music Conference 2022, 3rd Internacional Festival de Música Nueva de Querétaro “Interciclos” 2021, Festival Risonanze Erranti 2021, Internationales Digitalkunst Festival 2021, 7th edition of the Symposium iX 2021/ Son & Immersion 2021, Société des arts technologiques [SAT], the Mixtur festival 2020, impuls 2019 – 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music 2019, ISACM / IKI Hamburg 2019, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2019, Nomination at the New Classics Competition of Moscow Conservatory for young composers 2018, IRCAM – MANIFESTE 2014, 2016 & 2018, Gaudeamus Music Week 2018 – 2015, International Ensemble Modern Academy 2015, 2020 & 2022, World Saxophone Congress 2018, International Computer Music Conference 2016 – ICMC 2016, DELIAN ACADEMY FOR NEW MUSIC 2017, Altitude University – Ensemble Multilatérale 2017, Curso de Composición Institut Français-Barcelona Modern Project 2017, MAtera INtermedia festival 2016, Moving Classics 2016, New Music Edmonton 2015 Hear This Now Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea 2014, Royaumont/ Voix nouvelles/ session de composition 2013, 5th [‘tactus] Young Composers Forum 2013, June in Buffalo, International festival and Conference 2013, Tzlil Meudcan 2013 International Festival & Summer Course for New Music Performance & Composition, Young Composers Meeting 2013, Mizzou New Music Summer Festival – University of Missouri, Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival – International Composers Pyramid, The 5th New Music Week in Shanghai 2012 and 13th Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik 2012-19.
At the epicentre of Dr Dimou's artistic and academic research, there has been the topic of vibrant complexity and interactivity utilizing technologies aimed at the ultimate blending of instrumental, electroacoustic, and electronic sounds. He is exploring the creative symbiosis between live musicians and computers experimenting with various platforms of performance and interactivity, and he is deeply interested in artistic, technological frameworks that enable technology to be part of the creative process and the performance practice, while being as equally involved as musicians in the realization and final execution of a musical structure, a soundscape, etc. His most recent instrumental compositions explore aspects of organic, pitch intricacies in relationship with the evolution and the eventual exhaustion of repetitive mechanic rhythmicity. His work includes concert pieces – mixed electroacoustic productions – and interactive audio installations aiming at the creation of immersive, electrified, and meticulously crafted, organic sonic experiences in various multichannel spatial contexts.
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Composition, PhD, LINEAR VERTICALITIES. Structural symbiosis among chromatic and microtonal aggregations in Georges Aperghis' Contretemps., Columbia University
10 Aug 2013 → 31 Dec 2020
Award Date: 1 May 2021
Composition, Master, The genesis of structure: A narrative description of F. Romitelli’s Green Yellow and Blue (2003), University of Rochester
10 Aug 2011 → 1 May 2013
Award Date: 10 May 2013
Composition, Bachelor, György Ligeti, String Quartet No.1 Metamorphoses Nocturnes, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
1 Sept 2006 → 1 Jun 2011
Award Date: 15 Jun 2011