Alexandros Spyrou


Alexandros Spyrou is a Greek composer and music theorist who draws inspiration from philosophy, esotericism, and psychology, and is interested in exploring aspects of space and time, order and chaos, embracing traditional and innovative forms of expression. Further, he seeks to experiment in multidisciplinary directions, including live electronics and improvisation.

Alexandro's music has been performed in Greece, Italy, Germany, the United Kindom and the United States by such ensembles as the London Sinfonietta, the JACK Quartet, MDI Ensemble Milano, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble and Ensemble DissonArt and numerous virtuoso soloists. Alexandros studied music theory and composition in Greece, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His main composition teachers are Michael Finnissy, David Gompper, Evangelia Kikou, Josh Levine, Georges Papoutsis and Athanasios Zervas. Further, he studied composition in masterclasses and festivals, with composers such as Mark Andre, Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany) Pierluigi Billone and Stefano Gervasoni (Composit Festival, Italy). He was a co-founder and artistic director of Ensemble319 and a founding member of LOUi. He is a collaborating artist for the online trans-disciplinary platform and a member of BMI classical, the Society of Composers Inc., and the Royal Musical Association (U.K).

Alexandros has been a scholar of the Fulbright Foundation, the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, the City Council of Ioannina, the Graduate College of the University of Iowa, the Harry D. Triantafillu Foundation, and the Stanley Foundation. He holds diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue from the Conservatory of Ioannina (Greece), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Macedonia (Greece), a Master of Music from the University of Southampton (U.K) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Bristol (U.K). A recipient of the Henry and Parker Pelzer Award for excellence in composition, Alexandros currently is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Iowa, where he teaches music theory and composition.

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Short Profile

NameSpyrou, Alexandros
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageGreek, Modern (1453-)
Additional languages English,  German 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Iowa (USA), University of Bristol (UK), University of Southampton (UK), University of Macedonia (Greece), Conservatory of Ioannina (Greece)
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