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Name: Elia Marios Joannou
Skills: Composer
Elia Marios Joannou, described already by international critics as "phenomenal", "the sound magician" and as "one leading figure of the new generation of composers" was born 1978 in Cyprus. While and after absolving high school with distinction (1996), he began studying at the European Conservatory in Pafos (classical guitar) and the New Conservatory of Cyprus in Nicosia (music theory) absolving both with distinction. In 1998 began his studies at the University of Arts and Music "Mozarteum" Salzburg by A. Hoelszky (since 2001) and B. Schaeffer (2000/01) in composition and in the guitar class of M. Seidel / M. D. Tamayo as well as his music education study (W. Roscher). In the academic year 2001/02 Elia Marios Joannou was announced as the best student of the University for which he re-ceived a scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Art. Bachelor Degrees with Distinction in composition (2004), music education (2004) and concert guitar (2003). Additional studies in the composition master class of K. Huber at the Music Academy in Basel (2003/04). Master Degree in Composition with Distinction (2005). Elia participated in master courses among others in Austria (Impuls Composition Academy Graz, Internationale Summer Academy Mozarteum, 9. International Academy for New Composition And Audio Art Tirol, International Symposium for Polyaesthetic Education), Germany (3rd Stockhausen Courses Kuerten, Weimar master courses, New Music Theater Stuttgart), Poland (6th International Workshop of Contemporary Music, New Technologies and Multimedia) and England (Dartington Inter-national Summer School) with artists like K. Stockhausen, B. Lang, B. Furrer, L. Brouwer and A. Pierri.

In international composition competitions he obtained more than fifteen Prizes and Distinctions so far, like the 1st Prize at the Lutoslawski Award 2004, the 1st Prize at the 2nd International Composition Competition of Volos 2004, the Raiffeisen Klassik Preis 2004, the Best National Entry Award during the EXPO Kaatsheuvel 2003 and the Hinrichsen Foundation Award London 2003. He was supported with scholarships and commissions, that enabled his studies, among others from Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios C´ Foundation, Cultural Department "Bank of Cy-prus"), England (Dartington Festival), Estonia (New Estonia Musica Nova), Poland (City of Gdańsk), Switzerland (City of Basel), Austria (Republic of Austria, Austrian Chancellor, City of Salzburg, Pro Scientia, KulturKontak Austria, Austro Mechana, C. M. Ziehrer Foundation) and Germany (Grant: World New Music Days, Hellerau Scholarship of the European Arts Centre, Cultural Year of the Ten Berlin, 1. Vogtlaendischen Vorderverein, Staatsoper Hannover).

Elia Marios Joannou graduated performances among others in Germany (Berlin Philharmonic, Ministry of Education and Culture Hannover, Federal Press Bureau Berlin), France (Festival Synthčse Bourges), Austria (ToiHaus, Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art, Centralkino, Museum Carolino Au-gusteum, Literature House Salzburg, Kuenstlerhaus Salzburg, ORF Radio Cultural House Vienna, C. Orff Institute, Beethoven Saal Vienna, International Symposium for Polyaesthetic Education), Italy (A. Gigli International Festival), England (University of Cambridge, Anglia Polytechnic University, Royal College of Music Manchester, Dartington Festival), Switzerland (Musik academy of the city of Basel), Poland (Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Forum Lutoslawskiego, 6. New Music Festival Gdańsk), Greece (Ionian University, University of Macedonia, Goethe Institute Athens), Slovakia (Methodical Educa-tional Centre Prešov, University of Žilina and Cyprus (Spring Concert Days).

Radio broadcastings by the ORF Radio Vienna (with Portrait Broadcasting), DeutschlandRadio Kultur and Polskie Radio Warsaw. By the ORF 1 Highlights, Elia is included among the "Austrias Star Artists of Tomorrow". Publications by Peter Lang-Verlag Frankfurt am Main. CD recording by the Agenda Edizioni Musicali, Bologna. Elia Marios Joannou is since 2003 scientific and artistic Assistant in the composition department of the University Mozarteum Salzburg. His work contains more than fifty compositions of all music genres. Besides that, he is working intensive with musicology, the writing of playwrights and literature. For the season 2005/2006, new music theatre projects are planned: Salzburg (Mozart Year), Bayreuth (Mozart Year), Berlin (Einstein Year) and Hannover (Einstein Year).



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