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Aspasia Nasopoulou (Athens, 1972) is living and working in Amsterdam since 2002.
She studied Piano -diploma with honors- at the Conservatory of Piraeus in Greece, Composition -diploma with honors- at the 'N.Skalkottas' Conservatory with prof. M. Travlos and Geology -Bachelor of Science- at the National University of Athens. With a scholarship from the Propondis Foundation she continued her studies in Composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam -Bachelor and Master's degrees- with Wim Henderickx and Fabio Nieder with specialization: contemporary music in combination with contemporary dance.
She was guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam for the academic year '05-'06.
Her music is ranging from solo instrumental to ensemble pieces and from stage and dance pieces to vocal music. The strong foundation from her classical background gives her work an organic expressiveness often as a surprising contemporary lyricism. Her music has its own language and style that has been described as poetic, transparent, profound but expressive, complex but open, rhetoric and dynamic and still approachable.She reaches a great intimacy by using unusual combinations of instruments. E.g. Three Love Haikus (2010) for percussion and cello and Sophia (2016) for organ, mezzo soprano and violin.
Her works have often been combined with visual aspects creating multimedia projects integrating and using effectively space, video, light, dance, costumes and movement.
In 2012 she received the incentive prize from MCN & Donemus with the piece Lelia Doura based on cantiga d’amigo for the recorders quintet Seldom Sene.
In 2014 she received the Jury and the Public prize in Tristan Keuris Componisten Concours with the piece Nanourisma for piano, flute and bassoon.
In 2016 she initiated and since then coordinates the Composers’ Treat: a one-week residency in Buitenwerkplaats, giving to composers the chance to work outside of their box, connecting with new people and musicians, bringing contemporary composers in contact with ‘another’ audience. Guest composers:
2016 Maria Christina Krithara (GR), 2017 Anna Veismane (LV), 2018 Jasna Veliscovic (RS)
Her pieces have been commissioned and performed by acclaimed soloists and ensembles in concerts and festivals internationally among them November Music Festival 20014, 2016, 2017, De Pont Tilburg Museum of Modern Art 2016, Opening Evenings of Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam 2014,2017, Geelvinck Square Piano Festival, Harp Festival Utrecht, Haäpavesi Folk Music Festival, Athens Concert Hall 2006, 2015, 2018
Among the performers: Ralph van Raat, Wishful Singing female a cappella, Seldom Sene recorder’s quintet, DoelenKwartet & Micha Hamel, Nieuwe Ensemble, Concord ensemble (Ireland) Adam Ørvad (Denmark), Trygve Brøske (Norway) Naomi Sato (Japan) Alma Mahler Synfonietta (Italy)
Her music is broadcasted in Concertzender and Radio 4 in the Netherlands and in stations in Belgium, Greece and online platforms.
She is member of Nieuw Geneco and of the Greek Union of Composers and of the composers collective Co-composing Amsterdam.
She teaches piano at the British School of Amsterdam.
Her works are published by Donemus.
•Trailer Ten Dipoles (2016)
•Lelia Doura (2013)
-Recent reviews and interviews:
•Raw Rocks review, November 2017 (In Dutch)
•Re-Voice, online magazine, March 2017 ‘Energizing mind and souls’
•Meet the composer, March 2016 (In Dutch)
•Thea Derks (In Dutch)
-Some soundcloud samples
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