Spiropoulos, Georgia


Georgia Spiropoulos (Athens - Greece, 1965) studied classic and jazz piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue in Athens. During 10 years she worked as performer, arranger and subscriber of Greek aural/oral-tradition music.

In 1996 she moved to Paris to study composition, electro-acoustic & computer music with Philippe Leroux and form analysis with Michael Lévinas. She also worked with George Crumb and Günter Kahowez in France, Austria and Greece.

The year 2000-01 she is one for the 10 selected composers (among 400) to participate to the IRCAM's Composition and Musical Computing Annual Course and works with Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough, Marco Stroppa, Philippe Hurel and Ivan Fedele. She holds an a M.A. from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) directed by Marc Chemillier.

She collaborates with many ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2E2M, L'Itineraire, Ensemble Aventure, Octopus Ensemble, Prism saxophone quartet, Habanera saxophone quartet, Accentus Choir, Les Cris de Paris Choir, Le Jeune Choeur de Paris Choir), soloists (Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Erwan Fagant, Valérie Joly, Katerina Xirou, Athanassios Zervas) and conductors (Laurence Equilbey, David Milnes, Pierre Roullier, Mark Foster, Guillaume Bourgogne, Geoffroy Jourdain, Nicolas Krüger).

She has received commissions from IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the French Ministry of Culture, the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Culture & the GegenWelten Festival of Heidelberg, Radio France, Sacem, La Muse En Circuit, the Itineraire Ensemble, the Accentus Choir, Le Jeune Choeur de Paris Choir, the Habanera Saxophone Quartet, the Cries De Paris Choir, and the saxophone player Claude Delangle.

Her works are performed internationally, in France, USA, Germany, Austria, Japan, Greece and Poland at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Cite de la Musique, Louvre Auditorum, Duo Dijon, Symphony Space (New York), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Ooizumi-gakuen Yumeria Center (Tokyo), Shizuoka Concert Hall (Shizuoka), Hiroshimashi Nishikumin Bunka Center (Hiroshima), Radial System V (Berlin), Elisabeth-Schneider-Stiftung (Freiburg), Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof (Heidelberg), Hessisches Staats Theater (Wiesbaden), Alte Schmiede (Vienna), Music Akademie of Krakow, CNSM de Paris, Forum Culturel de Blanc-Mesnil, Goethe Institut of Athens, Ionio University (Corfu).

Georgia Spiropoulos is the winner of the VILLA MEDICIS Hors-les-Murs Award 2002 of the AFAA & the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; she worked as a composer-in-residence in the USA (New York, Boston & Cambridge, 2004) on the interactive interfaces for the conductor's gesture capture.

On 2004 she has participated at IRCAM reading panel 2004 for the Composition & Computer Music Programs (cursus, stage).

On 2008-2009 she worked at IRCAM as a composer-in-research with the project "Mask: Voice transformations and computer tools for live performance".

She was recently appointed composer-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris).

Georgia Spiropoulos worked as music & sound supervisor for "Charisma X - Iannis Xenakis", a documentary film directed by Efi Xirou & produced by Greek Film Center, Greek TV1 & Media Europe.

She gave lectures about her work at Columbia University (NYC), University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), IRCAM, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, SMC, Alte Schmiede-Vienna.