Manolis Ekmektsoglou

PhD Composition

Manolis is from Thessaloniki.  He is a graduate of the Economics Department, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. During the period 2008-2009 he attended composition lessons under Theodore Antoniou. In March 2009 he entered the Music Department of Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki, Greece under Christos Samaras and from 2011 under Dimitri Papageorgiou. He graduated in November, 2013.

His PhD focus is “Selective subtraction of tone and rhythm material”, which is an attempt to introduce subtraction as an active element/tool  in the composition process

In 2009 he participated in the workshop of contemporary music organised by the Athens Concert Hall with the piece “The Easterlings” for chamber ensemble. His miniature «ΚΑΘΟΔΟΣ» (DESCENT) was included in the “Collaborative Miniature Project”, performed in Thessaloniki, Greece, in October 2013.

In 2012 he composed music for the ballet “My woman the jellyfish” and for the ballet “Scenes from an industry”, and in 2013  music for Andi Rafmani’s film “Όνειρο-Πόλος” (Dream-Pole). The piece “Greetings, in a G8 Countries Conference” was selected to be recorded in the anthology of the SOUNDIFF project for solo cello pieces, in Italy.  At York he has participated in workshops with the Andersson – Gallois – De Saram Trio (Pyrrhichios), the Diotima quartet (Second String Quartet) and the Dark Inventions ensemble (Scenes from a glass world, for solo vibraphone).

His piece “Motion, in two” for solo violin was among the selected pieces for the National Call for scores organised by the University of York and performed by Peter Sheppard Skærved. Manolis has recently been selected for the Psappha ensemble  “Composing for clarinet” scheme 2015-2016.”

Supervisor Dr Thomas Simaku

Manolis holds the Departmental scholarship 2015-16