Aspasia Nasopoulou, a Greek composer living and working in Amsterdam since 2002, is actively involved in the contemporary art creation in Europe. Her music is varied in nature, ranging from solo instrumental to orchestral pieces and from stage and dance pieces to vocal music. It has an abstract narrative quality that interplays with its theatrical dimension. Nasopoulou is inspired by eternal ideas and concerns, drawing equally from ancient texts (Sappho, Euripides) and the hyperrealism of N. Egonopoulos, and from the medieval poetry of Christine de Pizan and Troubadour, to the contemporary thoughts of Saburo Teshigawara and Oscar Hahn's poems. Her works are composed for unconventional combinations of both western and non-western instruments, presenting an authentic tableau where her own tradition melts together with western tradition and modernity. Nasopoulou has been involved in projects that incorporate media from different arts. She collaborated with choreographers, directors, writers, and visual artists, including Micha Hamel, Kevin Walton, Nienke Brokke, Christian Tan, Nicola Hepp and Ernst Dullemond. She focuses the last years on music’s relation with language.|
Film portrait by Patricia Werner Leanse
An impression of Aspasia Nasopoulou's music with comments by colleagues and musicians.
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 (Musicality of Bacchae by Euripides)
Her works have been performed in concerts and festivals in The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Poland, London, Paris, Finland, Spain and Japan; among them, Gaudeamus Music Week 2003, (Concertgebouw, Nieuw Ensemble), Muziekdagen 2002 Vredenburg, International Gaudeamus Competition for performers 2005, Marcogliano Festival 2004 (Alma Mahler Symfonnieta), Uitmarkt 2005, De Suite 2005 Muziekgebouw, Percussion festival in Paris 2005, Grachtenfestival 2009, Haapavesi Folk Music Festival 2011, Athens Concert Hall 2000, 2007, 2014 (Greek Modern Ensemble), Utrecht Harp Festival 2014, Poetry International Rotterdam 2014, November music 2014 DoelenKwartet. Her music has been broadcasted on Dutch radio channels Concertzender and Radio 4, and on the Third Program of the National Greek radio.
She has been elected as a permanent member of the Union of Hellenic Composers in 2002, and she is a member of Geneco.
She was coordinator/ moderator of the series of Workshops for composers “De Componist” at the Walter Maas Huis from 2006 to 2009.
She received the Jury and public prize in Tristan Keuris Componisten Concours 2014 and the incentive prize for the piece "Lelia Doura" in the MCN Compositieopdracht Vrouwelijke Componisten 2012.
She is teaching piano at the British School of Amsterdam.
Her music is published by Donemus
"Taracea" Seldom Sene Quintet
Music by Josquin, de Victoria, Jacobus Gallus, Holborne, Boismortier, Bach, Reger, Frenzel,
Nasopoulou (Lelia Doura) en Geysen
"The garden with countless windows", Aerodynamic trio.
Music by Ciconia, Dufay, Dunstaple, Nasopoulou (Rodia=SO4H2) Auvinen,Arnhold, Gaskill, Jacobo da Bologna, Leonel Power
"Danse et Chanson"
Music by Dufay Binchois,Lewon, Anonymous, Nasopoulou (Ballads,I&III)