Bio

Manos Markantonis

Manos Markantonis (b.1984) is a Greek, Dublin-based composer. He recently completed a Master’s degree (M.Phil.) in Music Composition at Trinity College Dublin.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the Hellenic American University, as well as a Composition Diploma from the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts having studied alongside the distinguished prof. Theodore Antoniou. He has also attended the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (IMD).

He holds Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue Diplomas, having studied alongside Vicky Gerahi, at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music & Arts, as well as the Electronic Organ Diploma of Yamaha Music Foundation, having studied alongside Leonidas Fassaros, at the Nakas Conservatory.

His interests are mainly focused on composition and music teaching. He is also interested in acousmatic composition, electronic music production, computer aided synthesis and scoring, complementary to visual content and multimedia.

In 2014, he was selected to participate in the Young Greek Composer’s Workshops, organised by the Greek Composer’s Union at the Athens Concert Hall, featuring his work Genesis for chamber ensemble, performed by the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music. In 2015, he was commissioned with an original composition by the International Young Composers’ workshop. The work, titled Terra Incognita (2015), was performed by the Alea III Contemporary Ensemble at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston University. Soon thereafter, Contemplation (2016) for Solo Piano was performed at the Athens Hellenic American Union Auditorium. Ιn 2017, his String Quartet No. 2 (2016) was premiered in Athens by L’Anima String Quartet and his composition Abstract Sketches for Clarinet and Guitar (2017) was performed at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall during the 8th Contemporary Music Lab. In 2018, his Brass Quintet (2012) was premiered by the Metallon Quintet – Brass & Percussion Ensemble of the Athens State Orchestra. Recently, his work Music for an Imaginary Painting (2019) was performed by the Parabasis Ensemble at the National Concert Hall Dublin.

In the recent past, he has worked as an orchestrator in numerous television and music productions, with Mabrida Studios in Athens.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Composition
    Trinity College Dublin, School of Creative Arts
    (2019-Present)
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Music Composition
    Trinity College Dublin, School of Creative Arts
    (2018-2019)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Theory and Composition
    Hellenic American University, Department of Music, Professor Theodore Antoniou
    Award: President’s Award for Academic Achievement (June 2016)
    (2013-2016)
  • Composition Diploma
    (Grade: Unanimously Excellent)
    Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts, Professor Theodore Antoniou
    (2010-2016)
  • Fugue Degree
    (Grade: Unanimously Excellent)
    Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts, Professor Vicky Gerahi
    (2008-2010)
  • Counterpoint Degree
    (Grade: Unanimously Excellent)
    Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts, Professor Vicky Gerahi
    (2005-2007)
  • Harmony Degree
    (Grade: Unanimously Excellent)
    Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts, Professor Vicky Gerahi
    (2002-2005)
  • Electronic Organ Diploma of Yamaha Music Foundation
    Nakas Conservatory, Professor Leonidas Fassaros
    (2001-2003)
  • Keyboard Certificate
    Nakas Conservatory, Professor Michalis Petevis
    (1998-2001)

Workshops / Courses

  • 8th Contemporary Music Lab 2017
    In Cooperation with the A.U.TH. School of Music Studies, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
    Abstract Sketches for Clarinet and Guitar (2017)
    November 2017
  • 48th International Summer Course for New Music, 2016
    International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD), Germany
    (composition courses)
  • Young Composer’s Workshop 2016
    ALEA III – Boston University, TSAI Performance Center, Boston, MA
    Terra Incognita (2015) for chamber orchestra
    February 2016
  • Young Greek Composer’s Workshop 2014
    Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Athens Concert Hall, Greece
    Genesis (2013) for chamber orchestra
    March 2014