A Greek composer born September 17, 1965 in Athens (Greece).
A pianist trained in Athens, Georgia Spiropoulos also studied jazz before working as an instrumentalist, arranger and transcriber of orally transmitted Greek music.
She subsequently settled in Paris, studied instrumental and electroacoustic composition with Philippe Leroux and followed the composition and computer music course of Ircam.
A laureate of the Villa Medici Fuori I Muri prize in the USA, she then undertook in New York research into the interactive interfaces and the capture of conductors’ gestures.
After this she became a research composer at Ircam, working on transformations of the voice and the creation of tools for live performance. She extended her study of vocal techniques at the École des Hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), where she obtained a Master’s degree.
Influenced by twentieth-century music, traditional music as well as by avant-garde rock and free improvisation, performance, interdisciplinary disciplines, platinism as well as poetry and the theatre, Spiropoulos composes instrumental and vocal works, electroacoustic and mixed music, as well as music theatre and sound and audiovisual installations. Her style centres on her preoccupation with form, temporality, spatialisation, sound synthesis as well as the idea of orality and the coexistence of tradition and modernity: Oria, first performed by the ensemble L’Itinéraire (2003); Klament for mixed chorus, live electronics and audio document, first performed by the choir Accentus (2006); Ephemerals & Drones, first performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2007); Les Bacchantes for voice, electronics and lights, commissioned by Ircam, first performed at the festival Agora (2010); Vocalscapes on Walt Whitman, sound installation (2014); Roll…n’Roll…n’Roll for harp and electronics in real time, commissioned by Ircam, first performed by Hélène Breschand at the Ircam’s ManiFeste festival (2015); Landscapes & monstrous things for string quartet, piano, electronics and video, commissioned by the French State, first performed by the ensemble Sillages (2016); Eror for pianist, three performers, real time electronics and scenography (2018).
Georgia Spiropoulos regularly gives lectures and master-classes on her work, notably at Columbia University in New York, the University of California in Santa Barbara, Ircam, the Hochschule of Munich and McGill University in Montreal.