08.12 / “Contre tous – Hommage à Nikos Galis”, Piano Concerto by Nicolas Tzortzis with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra @ Aristotle University, Thessaloniki



Contre tous – hommage à Nikos Galis, piano concerto by Nicolas Tzortzis dedicated to yours truly. The Thessaloniki State Symphony is conducted by the fabulous Georgios Balatsinos, in a programme centered on athleticism.

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759): ‘Zadok the Priest’, Coronation anthem No.1
Nicolas Tzortzis (1978): Piano concerto ‘Contre Tous, hommage à Nikos Galis’   (World premiere)
Spyridon-Filiskos Samaras (1861-1917): Hymne Olympique
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551

Conductor: Giorgos Balatsinos
Piano: Pavlos Antoniadis

Thessaloniki Mixed Choir
Chorus master: Mary Konstantinidou



06.12/ Invited Talk @ Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Contemporary Music Lab


“I will explore the relation between complexity and embodiment in contemporary piano music along three axes: intrinsic textual complexity, complexity as interaction with the electronic medium and finally complexity as generative of a sort of physical theatre. Tzortzis’ Incompatible(s) V will be highlighted as the juncture of those three axes.

I will present a performer-specific paradigm of embodied interaction with complex piano notation. This paradigm, which I term embodied navigation, extends and even confronts the traditional paradigm of textual interpretation. It incorporates ideas from the performative turn in composition and musicology, from embodied cognition and from Human-Computer Interaction.

At a second stage, the proposed paradigm serves as the basis for the development of methodologies and customized tools for a range of applications, including: performance analysis, embodied interactive learning, composition and improvisation. The tools in question include gesture capture, gesture analysis, gesture following and gesture interaction tools developed at Ircam (MuBu for MAX, motionfollower, augmented violin project), the system of capacitative sensing Touchkeys, as well as interactive notation platforms (INScore), combined in the customized system called GesTCom (Gesture Cutting through Textual Complexity).”
―P. Antoniadis

Biographical Sketch
Pavlos Antoniadis is a Berlin-based pianist for contemporary and experimental music and a researcher at IRCAM and LabEx GREAM, Université de Strasbourg, where he also teaches computer music and contemporary performance. He has performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia with the new music ensembles Work in Progress-Berlin, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Phorminx, ERGON and as a soloist. He has recorded for Mode (2015 Deutscheschallplattenkritikspreis) and Wergo records. He has worked with composers such as Mark Andre, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin, Tristan Murail and has premiered solo piano works by James Erber, Nicolas Tzortzis, Luis Antunes Pena, Dominik Karski and others. He has recently started improvising on the occasion of his collaboration with the composer and improviser Panos Ghikas. Pavlos has published on embodied cognition, gesture capture and contemporary piano performance and has been invited for lecture-performances (HfM Dresden, INMM Darmstadt, IRCAM Paris, Orcim Gent, Goldsmiths London, Trinity Dublin, Aristoteleio Thessaloniki, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse Strasbourg, Hong Kong University, Yamanashi Gakuin University Kofu, Wocmat Taiwan). He was a Musical Research Residency fellow at IRCAM in 2014, where he developed with F. Bevilacqua and D. Fober GesTCom, an interface for the gestural control of complex notation. Pavlos holds degrees in piano performance (MA, UC San Diego) and musicology (Athens National University). He has studied on LabEx GREAM, Fulbright, UC San Diego, Nakas conservatory, IEMA Frankfurt and Impuls Academy Graz scholarships.



26 & 27.11/ Ensemble Phorminx @ Sudhaus Tübingen & Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt


Sonntag, 26. November 2017 – 19.30
Sudhaus Tübingen

Montag, 27. November 2017 – 19.30
Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt

ZeitRäume und RaumZeiten / Klangräume

Christophe Bertrand (1981-2010)
S k i a ï (1998)
für Flöte, Klarinette, Klavier, Violine und Violoncello

Nicolaus A . Huber *1939
with ego amplitudes (2016) 
für Violine und Klavier

Achim Bornhöft *1966
AB 85 (2017) UA
für Bassflöte, Bassklarinette, Violoncello
und Live- Elektronik

Konrad Boehmer (1941-2014)
Qadar (1998)
für Flöte, Klarinette, Klavier, Violine und Violoncello

ensemble phorminx
Angelika Bender – Flöte
Thomas Löffler – Klarinette
Pavlos Antoniadis – Klavier
Alwyn Westbrooke – Violine
Wolfgang Lessing – Violoncello

Achim Bornhöft – Technik

02.09/ Panel Discussion: Die digitale Revolution der Musik @ Musikstudio Ohrpheo, Berlin


I am showing some of my work with digital media, as well as perspectives from embodied cognition and Human-Computer interaction, in the context of this event on the digitalisation of contemporary music, after Harry Lehmann’s “Die digitale Revolution den Musik”  and in relation to  Jean Baudrillard’s simulation theory presented by Jürgen Voigt.


Frederic Bevilacqua’s motionfollower and the GesTCom (Gesture Cutting through Textual Complexity):


Nicolas Tzortzis’s Incompatible(s) V for silent piano and live electronics

Panos Ghikas Toxic gum for piano, e-drums, viola, sensor and electronics


Luis Antunes Pena’s K-U-L-T for piano and electronics


Oganisation: Andreas Staffel


30.10 / Piano recital: Russian avant-garde and art today @ Athens Arts Centre


Invited to play a concert in Athens for the 100 years of the October Revolution of 1917. In awe, because the venue was the ancient buildings of the military police EAT-ESA, site of torture during the dictatorship of 1967-1974, today turned into the Athens Arts Centre. The month of events on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution at the Athens Arts Centre opened with my recital of works by Protopopov, Ustvolskaya, Takahashi, Nono and Hoban. Wieland Hoban honoured us with his presence.

Galina Ustvolskaya, 6th sonata
Sergej Protopopov, 2nd sonata
Luigi Nono, ..sofferte onde serene..
Yuji Takahashi, クロマモルフII (Chromamorphe II)
Wieland Hoban, when the panting STARTS



24.05 / Invited Talk @ LEAD, Dijon (Laboratory for Research on Learning and Development)


Invited talk : Gesture cutting through textual complexity: A model and a tool for the embodied navigation of complex piano notation, including a demo on Frédéric Bevilacqua’s motionfollower at LEAD (Laboratory for Research on Learning and Development) http://leadserv.u-bourgogne.fr/en/ in Dijon.


Full powerpoint presentation :


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