Papageorgiou’s music has always had a certain predilection towards various forms of similarity and structural reiteration. In such a context, structural redundancy and parsimony stand at the epicenter of his work, as recurrences of patterns that share the same underlying structure unfold in time, elaborating centripetally on the same structural complex or similar structural features again and again, creating, maintaining and exalting one or various states from a single or from a variety of perspectives.
Dimitri majored in composition with Hermann Markus Pressl and Andreij Dobrowolski at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts at Graz in Austria. From 1998-2002 he held a Presidential Fellowship of the University of Iowa, U.S.A., for a Ph.D. in Composition with Donald Martin Jenni, Jeremy Dale Roberts, and David Karl Gompper. In Iowa, Papageorgiou has taught composition, instrumentation, and orchestration, served as assistant to the director of the Center for New Music (https://uiowa.edu/cnm/), David Gompper, and organized the Composers’ Workshop.
Currently an associate professor of composition, he was appointed at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2007.
In December 2016 he served as visiting composer at the University of Iowa School of Music and the University of Nevada at Reno, in April 2017 he was visiting composer at the University of Music, Drama and Media at Hanover and in June 2017 and 2018 as a faculty member at the Delian Academy for New Music (https://www.delianacademy.com/), an international summer academy for composers and sound artists, which is curated under the auspices of Georges Aperghis and is located on the island of Mykonos, Greece. In September 2017 and 2018 he held composition master classes in Tehran, Iran.
His works have been aired several times by the ÖRF (Austria), the Greek National Radio (3rd Program and 95.8), and several U.S. Radio Stations. He has appeared in festivals, conferences, and concerts in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Iran, Turkey and several States of the U.S.A. (NY, CA, FL, MI, IL, IA, OH, GA, etc).
For numerous of his works he has received awards in composition competitions and won call for scores, such as the NUNC4 Festival Call for Scores (2020) for the Arditti string quartet, International Call For Scores & Commission 2017 organized by Ensemble Suono Giallo and Il Suono Contemporary Music Week, the Concert Etudes for Piccolo Composition Competition (2016 1st Place, Colorado, U.S.A.), Phasma-Music call for CD recording (2016, Poland/Athens), Matan Givol International Composers Competition (finalist 2016, Israel), SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission (2003 2nd Prize, New York, NY), Ensemble iiiiiiiii Internationally Call for Scores ’15 (Seoul, Korea), Ensemble Etcetera International Call for Scores (2013 San Diego, U..S.A.), etc. He is also the recipient of the Doris Wolff Prize (Austria, 1991) and the Hancher-Finkbine Student Leader Award (University of Iowa, 2002).
He has received commissions by several institutions — such as Siemens Music Foundation, Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Drama at Graz, Austrian National Radio (ÖRF) and Literature Forum Graz, Kultur Zentrum bei den Minoriten Graz, SCI/ASCAP (U.S.A.), Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Il Suono Contemporary Music Week, Yarava Music Group (Tehran, Iran) — and performers and ensembles — such as Dimitri Polisoidis (violist of the ensemble Klangforum, Austria), Ensemble Interface (Germany), Zeitfluss Ensemble (Austria), UMS & JIP (Switzerland), Trio IAMA (Greece), Ensemble Etcetera (USA), duo Goliardi (Greece), etc.
In 2008 he was composer-in-residence at the festival 4020.mehr als Musik Linz and in 2006 the Minoritensaal Graz programed Papageorgiou’s composer’s portrait. In summer 2012, his work “Effluences” has been heard at the 46th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt and in March 2013 Klangforum Vienna performed his work In the Vestige of the Present at the Vienna Konzerthaus, while in 2014 the string players of the Ensemble Klangforum have premiered his string quartet, Quasi (ébauche), at the Ligetisaal of Mumuth Concert Hall, Graz. In 2014, two of his works have been selected with high ratings at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC/SMC 2014). In October 2016, he was back in Graz with a new piece for the molecular organ (Musikprotokol 2016).
He appeared in the discography in 2005 with the CD “Musing” by Capstone Records, NY, featuring his work “…d’ogni luce muto“. In 2009 his work “In the Vestige of the Present” appeared on the CD “Present Perfect, Vol. 1” by Trio IAMA, which was released by Dissonance Records, and in 2016 his Etude in Quarter Tones for piccolo flute was part of the CD One Minute by Sarton Records, Poland.
For five years, from 2012 to 2014 he worked in two artistic research projects of the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music at Graz, Algorithmische Komposition in Kontext neuer Musik and Patterns of Intuition. These collaborations have led to publications at Graz, Austria: Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, 2012 and New York: Springer, 2014, respectively.
He is artistic co-director of outHEAR New Music Week at Larissa, Greece, a composition symposium and master class featuring the ensemble Klangforum Vienna, and artistic co-director of the OFF BORDERS Festival for electroacoustic music and performing arts.
His scores are available by BabelScores
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