BIOGRAPHY

Athanasia Kontou (born 1995) is a composer and pianist from Greece. She is currently based in Manchester, UK, where she is studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

She started composing at the age of 19, studying privately with Dr. Panos Demopoulos. Only three years later, she was accepted at the graduate school of composition of the RNCM with an entrance scholarship. Her teachers there are Prof. Adam Gorb and Dr. David Horne. Her studies were also supported by the Garner Howard award. Having just completed her Master's degree this July, she will next year continue her studies at the RNCM with the Postgraduate Diploma course, onto which she was accepted with a scholarship.

Athanasia's portfolio comprises of more than 30 pieces ranging from solo to orchestral repertoire. Her music has been workshopped by Psappha, the BBC Singers, the Elias String Quartet and ensemble deCompagnie (BE).  She has been commissioned amongst others by the Purcell School of Music and the RNCM New Ensemble. Her first orchestral work was premiered by the Antwerp Symphony orchestra in May 2017. 

Her first composition, "2+3 for solo piano" , won first prize at the AnArt Artistry competition " The contemporary piano" .  She was the recepient of the RNCM Patricia Cunliffe composition award for two years in a row. In June 2019, she was one of the four composers chosen as finalists for  the RNCM Gold Medal's competition. Athanasia was also selected to compose for Ensemble degli Intrigati, representing RNCM at the 44th  Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte festival in Montepulciano, Italy, in July 2019.

Other works of hers have been performed in Greece, London, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. 

She studied piano with Dimitris Demopoulos and Efthimia Tsioura in Greece and she received her Piano Diploma with the highest degree in June 2017. She has participated in masterclasses with Murray McLachlan, Eduard Zilberkant, Alan Weiss, Catherine Vickers, Joseph Banowetz amongst others.

Athanasia has often accompanied singers and choirs and is a keen chamber musician and a piano teacher.

She studied Advanced Theory of Music with Giannis Grampsas and Dimitris Demopoulos, and has obtained a Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue diploma, all with the highest degree.

Athanasia is also a graduate of the Computer Science Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her graduate thesis was on algorithmic music, focusing on Iannis Xenakis' works "Achorripsis" and "ST10=1,080262" 

© 2019 by Athanasia Kontou

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