Aspasia Nasopoulou

Biography

Education

Aspasia Nasopoulou studied Piano (diploma with honors from the Conservatory of Piraeus, Greece), Composition (diploma with honors from the "N.Skalkottas" Conservatory, prof. M. Travlos) and Geology (Bachelor of Science from the National University of Athens, Greece). She continued her studies in Composition -with a scholarship from the Propondis Foundation- at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Bachelor and Master's degrees) with Wim Henderickx and Fabio Nieder (specialization: contemporary music in combination with contemporary dance). She was guest researcher at University of Amsterdam for the academic year '05-'06 on the subject Musicality of Bacchae by Euripides.

Composition

Nasopoulou's music is being described as complex but open, transparent and evocative. A large number of her pieces are inspired by and dealing with poetry from different times and different countries. From this she extracts not only meaning, but also concepts for her musical forms. She creates links between traditions and today.
"Nasopoulou has a great affinity with old music, and she knows how to connect it to modern ways of playing...
...Also special is the music that Nasopoulou wrote to 'Nachtwerk', the poetry cycle in seven parts of Micha Hamel, who himself recites his verses with DoelenKwartet. With subtle musical gestures Nasopoulou accentuates a word, an underlying meaning, not a moment drowning out the performer." (Thea Derks about 'Lelia Doura' & 'Nachtwerk')

Another feature of her work is the unexpected combination of instruments, finding the essence of their blending in sound and impact. Often Nasopoulou integrates visuals, costumes and decor in her pieces e.g. Ten Dipoles for Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet and an especially designed installation of Ten Free Aerophones premiered in November Music 2016 and was on tour in The Netherlands.
The upcoming performance Ikaros for November Music 2018 is a combination of music, dance, video and a transforming screen.

Besides composing Nasopoulou is curating concert series, and organizing workshops for professional composers. Since 2016 she is coordinating the Composer’s Treat Residency in Buitenwerkplaats in Starnmeerdijk. She is teaching piano in conservatories in Greece and at the British School of Amsterdam for more than two decades now.

Performances

Nasopoulou’s pieces have been commissioned and performed internationally by acclaimed soloists and ensembles in concerts and festivals. Among them Ralph van Raat, Wishful Singing female a cappella, DoelenKwartet & Micha Hamel (NL), Anna Veismane (LT), Adam Ørvad (DK), Trygve Brøske (NO), November Music, Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Opening of the 45th & 48th Poetry International Rotterdam, De Pont museum of Modern Art, Haäpavesi Folk Music Festival, Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Concertgebouw, Van Gogh Museum, Glass Worlds-Hommages to Philip Glass Paris, Dutch Harp Festival , Athens Concert Hall , Saxophone Festival Ferno, Percussion Festival Paris.
Nasopoulou’s music is being broadcast in the Concertzender and Radio 4 in the Netherlands and in stations in Belgium, Greece and via online platforms. Portraits of her work have been presented in film evenings and in theater shows like ‘Meet the composer!’

Awards

In 2012 Nasopoulou received the incentive prize from the MCN & Donemus Publishing Composition Competition with the piece Lelia Doura for the Seldom Sene Recorder quintet, based on cantiga d’amigos. She won in 2014 the 1st Jury and the Public prize in the Tristan Keuris Componisten Concours with the piece Nanourisma for piano, flute and bassoon.
The piece Olinda for solo piano was selected for the ‘24Fingerprints’, recorded by Ralph van Raat for the Buma Classical Convention 2015 and was one month online on 24Classics.

Nasopoulou has been elected as a permanent member of the Union of Hellenic Composers in 2002, and she is a member of Nieuw Geneco. She was coordinator/ moderator of the series of Workshops for composers “De Componist” at the Walter Maas Huis from 2006 to 2009.
Her music is published by Donemus.