Dionysis Boukouvalas

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Dionysis Boukouvalas
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Background information
Born (1979-05-07) 7 May 1979 (age 35)
Athens, Greece
Origin Zakynthos, Greece
Occupations Composer
Website boukouvalas.weebly.com

Dionysis Boukouvalas (born 7 May 1979) is a Greek composer. He is active mainly in concert music, but recently in popular music too, having set to music poetry by C.P. Cavafy and others.

He holds the diplomas of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue (all with mention "A") and a diploma from the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens (witn mention "A"). On 2007 he completed his Master’s course at the university "Paris 8", under the supervision of Anne Sedes (dealing with the element of chance in music), having followed the composition atelier of the Spanish composer José Manuel López López. He is a member of the Greek Composers Union.[1]

His works include music for eight plays, including William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Michael Ende's Momo, for the short film pianno,[2][3] and for literary tributes (Tribute to the French existential philosophers, 2014).

He has composed music for ensemble and solo instruments, electronic music and numerous songs on poetry of Ugo Foscolo, Edgar Allan Poe, and various Greek poets (Ritsos, Embiricos, Vrettakos et al).

His work Chemins fermés for string sextet, dedicated in the memory of Iannis Xenakis, won a prize at the Workshops cycle of the Athens Megaron in 2004.

His transcription for two pianos of Philippos Tsalahouris' orchestral work, 24 Greek Dances for the Benaki Museum, was published in 2009 by the museum.[4]

His piano work "Meditation" was included in the 2012 audio DVD PostCage, issued by the American label OgreOgress.[5]

Recent premieres of his works include [2012] Winter concords, for ensemble, in collaboration with Rob Haskins, premiered in New Hampshire, USA,[6] Sunbeams,[7] for clarinet, viola and piano, premiered in Druskininkai, Lithuania [2013] Scherzo, for mandolin ensemble, premiered in Zakynthos, Greece, Music for a non-existent film, for 2 pianos, 8 hands, premiered in Vilnius, Lithuania[8] and Etude, premiered by the dissonArt ensemble in Thessaloniki, Greece.[9]

His first personal CD, English Gardens, came out in 2011[10][11] and garnered praise by highly acclaimed musicians such as Ketil Bjørnstad.

Selected works[edit]

  • Etude (2013), for the dissonArt ensemble.
  • Scherzo (2012), for mandolin ensemble/orchestra.
  • Sunbeams (2012), for clarinet in B, viola and piano.
  • Notturno (2012), Ugo Foscolo song for voice and piano.
  • Rejouissez-vous! (2006), for four part female chorus and organ, on poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire, Arthur Rimbaud and Aragon.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005), stage music for the William Shakespeare play.
  • An invisible city 2 (2005), for 12 performers.
  • Fungi from Yuggoth (2004–08), H.P. Lovecraft 4 songs for baritone and piano.
  • Momo (2004), stage music for the Michael Ende play.
  • Chemins fermés (2003), for 4 violins, cello and double-bass.
  • Blue pearl (2003), Andreas Embirikos song for baritone and piano.
  • Two pieces for string quartet (2002–2003).
  • Preludes, I (2001), T.S. Eliot song for baritone and piano.
  • To Zante (2001), Edgar Allan Poe song for soprano and piano.
  • Fantasy on a theme by Steve Reich (1999), for piano, six hands, in collaboration with Steve Reich.


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