Aspasia Nasopoulou

Curriculum vitae

  • // Education

    • 2003-2005 MA Composition with Wim Henderickx and Fabio Nieder, Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Master thesis ‘The Maiden and the Death’, dance suite for orchestra by N. Skalkottas
    • 2002-2003 BA in Composition with Wim Henderickx, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
    • 1997-2000 Diploma in Composition (Excellent Unanimously) with Michael Travlos,
    Nikos Skalkottas Conservatory Athens, Greece
    • 1991-1996 BA in Science, Geology, National University of Athens
    • 1981-1994 Piano Soloist Diploma (Excellent) with Yiannis Terezakis, Piraeus Conservatory, Greece

  • 2005-2006 // Guest researcher

    Universiteit van Amsterdam Musicology dpt.
    Project: ‘Musicality of Bacchae’ by Euripides.
    Supervisors: Prof dr. R. de Groot & dr. Sander van Maas

  • 1990-present // Teaching experience

    • 2006-present Piano teacher. British School of Amsterdam (BSA)
    • 2002-present Piano, theory and composition teacher. Private lessons
    • 1995-2002 Piano teacher and teacher of theory, harmony, counterpoint and history of music. Conservatory 5/4, Greece
    • 1990-1995 Piano teacher. Piraeus Conservatory, Greece

    Guest teaching
    • 2013 Koninlijk Conservatorium Den Haag / Composition dpt.
    Lecture about the work of N. Skalkottas
    • 2007 UvA/ Musicology dpt. lecture ‘The model of the new composer’

  • // Composition Prizes

    • 2019 Honorable mention in the Pure Classic Vienna Competition with the piece JoHaKyu
    • 2018 Finalist in the International Clavichord Composition Competition in Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival, Finland with the piece 3*1
    • 2014 First prize & Public prize in the International Tristan Keuris Componisten Concours with the piece Nanourisma for piano, flute and bassoon.
    • 2012 Incentive prize from MCN & Donemus publishing with the piece Lelia Doura based on cantigas d’amigo for Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet

  • 2021-2024 // Artistic Director Orkest de ereprijs

    In december 2020 appointed as the new artistic director of het orkest de ereprijs

  • 2019-present // Curator concert Series Nieuwe Noten Amsterdam

    Co-curating with Fie Schouten the contemporary chamber music series at Plein Theater

  • 2016 – 2020 // Initiator of the residency for composers, Composer’s Treat

    Buitenwerkplaats, Starnmeerdijk
    Hosted by Cultureland Stichting

    Composer's treat

  • 2006-2009 // Modelling, organization and moderation of the series of workshops ‘De Componist’ and ‘The Performer’ for professional composers and performers

    Walter Maas Huis (now: Huize Gaudeamus)
    Supported by Scholingsfonds

  • 1997-present // Organizing /Producing

    • 2020-present programming the yearly Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn
    • 2020-present programming and production of the yearly Andriessen Festival in Musis Arnhem.
    • 2017 Direction and organization of the music of the opening evening of the 48th Poetry International Festival, Rotterdamse Schouwburg.
    • 2007 Modelling and production in collaboration with Insomnio Ensemble the trajectory and performances ‘Musicians I-Lab meet at Walter Maas Huis Composers’
    Organization of the music opening of the exhibition 'Connecting Cultures – Greek artistic presence in the Netherlands’ in WTC, Rotterdam. Commission from the Greek Consulate Rotterdam.
    • 1997-2002 Co-founder of the non-profit organization for modern music Altera Musica, Athens

  • 2005-present // Commisions

    Grants by FPK (werkbeurs compositie)
    • 2018 Ikaros (two vls & dance, video) / Joe Puglia & Emmy Storms
    • 2017 Raw Rocks Piano Suite for Ralph van Raat, piano
    & 3*2 Cycle of six pieces for historical keyboard instruments for Michael Tsalka (IL/NL)
    • 2015 Moriana / Antonis Pratsinakis (NL/GR) solo cello & Carousel of Fantasies for Roberto Genova (IT) solo tenor saxophone
    • 2013 Travelling between three countries three pieces for accordion in chamber music. For Marieke Grotenhuis (NL), Timo Kinnunen (FL) & Konstantinos Raptis (GR)

    Commissions supported by FPK
    • 2017 Mondrian’s Dream (female a cappella) 7 min. / Wishful Singing
    • 2016 Zwarte Steen in de Zee (djembe, pno, sax) 5:30 min. / Nieuw Geneco
    • 2015 Ten Dipoles (recorders & ten free aerophones) 30 min. / Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet
    • 2014 Nachtwerk (string quartet & performer) 22 min. / DoelenKwartet and Micha Hamel
    • 2010 The Lot of Love (vla, soprano, keyboard & electronics) 25 min. / Scordatura Trio

    Selected other commissions
    • 2023 Simantron (site specific 2 perc and sax quartet) Oranjewoud Festival
    • 2022 Dream Land (for baroque harp and soprano) De Link
    • 2021 Dans voor Orpheus van Amsterdam ( recorders quartet) NTR Podium
    • 2020 hink stap... hink stap sprong (utopa organ) Orgelpark
    • 2020 D-R-T (chamber ensemble and brt, tenor) Greek National Opera
    • 2020 Ymnos (female choir) /private
    • 2019 Ariana Opera (3 pieces for big ensemble and 4 voices) World Opera Lab
    • 2019 Io (harpsichord ) / Diana Watson
    • 2018 Takuu (large chamber ensemble) / Greek Modern Ensemble
    • 2016 Aqua (bsn, perc & animation) / Bram van Sambeek, Marijn Korff de Gidts
    & AKV|St. Joost students
    • 2015 Sofia (sop, org, vln & live electronics) / Schreck Ensemble
    • 2014 Fragments D & Serenade, (harp)/ Eva Tebbe
    Perivoli (string quartet & acc) / Greek Modern Ensemble
    • 2012 Andria (pno 4h)/ Duo Maclé, Italy
    Lelia Doura / Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet
    • 2011 Olinda & Eudoxia (pno) / Trygve Brøske, Norway
    • 2008 Teiresias& Kadmos (rec & gtr) / Erik Bosgraaf & Izhar Elias
    • 2007 HemiAeroPartitura (two rec & sop) / Aerodynamic Trio
    • 2006 Eternal Light (large chamber ensemble) / Greek Modern Ensemble
    • 2005 Ballad I-III (rec, vla da gamba & sop) / Gran Desir Ensemble

  • // Festival participation

    • 2019 Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival 3X2 cycle, Michael Tsalka Kevin Walton ( focus composer)
    • 2018 De Muze van Zuid Festival in Amsterdam Tobias Borsboom, piano Eudoxia
    Festival Camino de Genere, Italy Ochto & Olinda
    • 2017 48th Poetry International, opening Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Ven Salta project
    Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Cromhouthuis Amsterdam, Utopia, Ochto, Rubini
    November Music, 's Hertogenbosch, Raw Rocks & Mondrian’s dream
    Mantova Eterotopie Piano Festival, Italy Olinda
    • 2016 Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Ochto
    • 2016 November Music, 's Hertogenbosch, Ten Dipoles
    • 2015 International Chamber Music Festival, Utrecht, Lelia Doura
    Muziekfestival Kamerklanken, 's Hertogenbosch, Lelia Doura
    Amsterdam Dance Event, club VLLA, Meanades co-composing with Olger Star
    • 2014 November Music, Nachtwerk
    45th Poetry International, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, opening evening, Nachtwerk
    Dutch Harp Festival, Utrecht, Music- theatre production Fighting with Eros
    Summerwinds Festival, Germany, Lelia doura
    • 2011 Entorno Tomas' Luis de Victoria Festival, Spain, HemiAero
    Haäpavesi Folk Music Festival, Finland, New Kite
    • 2010 Grachtenfestival, Lelia Doura
    • 2009 Grachtenfestival, Messenger
    Saxophone Festival Ferno, Italy, Instant
    • 2008 Dag van de Kamermuziek, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Ballad I
    • 2003 Gaudeamus Music Week, Concertgebouw, Merose
    • 2002 Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Vredenburg, Utrecht, Rodia=SO4O2

  • // Educational Insitutes where compositions are presented

    • 2017 University of Aveiro, Portugal
    National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
    • 2016 Conservatory of Trieste, Saxophone department, Italy
    Pianoforte Foundation of Chicago
    Italian Institute in Amsterdam
    UNAM University of Mexico
    • 2011 Athenaeum Conservatory, Maria Callas hall, Greece
    • 2007 Danish Institute in Athens, Greece

    Other countries where my music has been performed
    Japan, Austria, UK, Latvia, USA, Poland, France, Germany and Ireland.

  • // Memberships

    • 2015-present Member of the collective Co-Composing Amsterdam
    • 2008-present Member of Temp’óra international network
    • 2006-present Member of Nieuw Geneco
    • 2002-present Member of the Greek Composers Union

  • // CDS

    • 2019 Not a single road the new cd of Seldom Sene Recorders Quintet by Brilliant classics includes the entire Ten Dipoles composition with the ten Aerophones installation.
    • 2017 In Blue and White by Odradek records, Erato Alakiozidou, piano including Olinda & Ochto
    • 2016 Carouselo di Fantasie by Stradivarius records, Roberto Genova, saxophone, including Carousel of Fantasies and Instant
    • 2012 Taracea by Brilliant Classisc, Seldom Sene Recorder Qunitet, including the awarded piece Lelia Doura
    The dramatic climax of the disc surely is Aspasia Nasopoulou’s Lelia Doura Tom Bickley, American Recorder (summer 2015)