27-05-1963 - current
Elements of Calliope Tsoupaki’s Greek background and love for early music can be heard in her compositions, most notably in the large-scale 'St. Luke’s Passion'. The scoring of that work sets the two worlds in contrast, the Western tradition and the East European, Byzantine tradition. Melisma stands in contrast to ...
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Biography Calliope Tsoupaki
Elements of Calliope Tsoupaki’s Greek background and love for early music can be heard in her compositions, most notably in the large-scale 'St. Luke’s Passion'. The scoring of that work sets the two worlds in contrast, the Western tradition and the East European, Byzantine tradition. Melisma stands in contrast to plain melodic line. Modal music with microtonal intervals is set against equal-tempered Western chords. The dichotomy is incorporated into the icon of the Pantokrator, which depicts the two sides of Christ. Many of her compositions are written for smaller ensembles. Tsoupaki teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
1963 - 1988
Calliope Tsoupaki is born on May 27, 1963, in Piraeus (Greece). She studies the piano and music theory at the Hellinikon Conservatory in Athens, and she later takes lessons in composition from Yannis Ioanithis. She also follows summer courses with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez and attends the Internationale Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1984 and 1986, where she meets Morton Feldman.
1988 - 1992
After completing her study of the piano, she comes to the Netherlands, where she has lessons in composition with Louis Andriessen and electronic music with Gilius van Bergeijk at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
For the celebrated Greek singer Nena Venetsanou, she composes 'The Face of Love', a song cycle with piano accompaniment.
Calliope Tsoupaki is the composer-in-residence at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
The opera 'Dark', about Jeanne d’Arc, is premiered by the soprano Jannie Pranger and the Rosa Ensemble at the Schouwburg in Haarlem. The libretto is by Edzard Mik and the director is Paul Koek.
On May 7, the chamber opera 'Vita Nova', for three Baroque instruments and contralto, is premiered at the Korzo Theater in The Hague.
The oratorio 'St. Luke’s Passion' is premiered at the Holland Festival.
The Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Asko Ensemble premiere 'EDEM', for choir and orchestra, during the Dutch Music Days.
'St. Luke’s Passion' is released on CD. In June, 'Greek Love Songs', in an arrangement for the Egidius Quartet and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Brass Soloists, is premiered at the Holland Festival. The third "DWDD mini opera" is performed on November 1 during a broadcast of the TV programme 'De Wereld Draait Door'. The music is by CalliopeTsoupaki and libretto by P.F. Thomése. It is performed by the tenor Marcel Beekman and tenor recorder player António Carrilho.
The oratorio 'Maria' is written at the request of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble for Byzantyne singers, madrigal ensemble, theorbe, viola da gamba, santur and wind ensemble.
Discography Calliope Tsoupaki
The Face Of Love
|Type and year||CD, 2002|
|Label||Music Box International, MBI 10898|
St. Luke’s Passion
|Type and year||CD, 2010|
|Label||Etcetera, KTC 1402|
|Type and year||CD, 2012|
BRISK Recorder Quartet Amsterdam - Vintage Brisk
|Type and year||CD, 2006|
|Label||Globe Records, GLO 5220|
|componist||Huba de Graaff|
|componist||Roderik de Man|
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