Biography

Manos Panayiotakis is a composer and musicologist, based in Greece. He was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1982. He studied musicology at the University of Athens, theory of music with Dimitri Sykias, flute with Iwona Glinka and composition with Theodore Antoniou at “Musical Horizons” conservatory in Athens. During the period 2007-2011 he studied composition with Thomas Simaku for a Master and a PhD degree at the University of York, funded by IKY (State Scholarships Foundation). As a composer, he has collaborated with various performers, ensembles, dancers and choreographers in Greece, United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Germany and Austria. Most notably, in 2005 his chamber orchestral work “Illustration” was conducted by Gunther Schuller at the ALEA III Composition Workshop in Boston University and in 2013, his orchestral work «Echosymplokon» was performed at the ISCM festival in Vienna, by Webern Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simeon Pironkoff. As a musicologist he has previously taught in the Department of Music of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics Engineering of Technical University of Crete (TEI). His publications include various papers on composition and contemporary music at conferences in Lithuania, Serbia, Finland, Ireland, Greece and Cyprus, while his work «Talus» was published by the Berben publications in Ancona, after being awarded the first prize at Volos Composition Competition in Greece in 2008. Several of his choral works have been recorded by the Department of Music of the University of Athens choir and in 2016, his solo flute work «Along the Cygnus Wall» was released by Sarton records in Warsaw, performed by Iwona Glinka. As a teacher of music, he has been teaching at the Colours Conservatory and at the Primary Education since 2012 and has recently published his workbook on the first two grades of music theory «Learning Music» in collaboration with Elena Perisynaki.

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