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Efstratios Minakakis

  • Music Theory
  • Composition

Stratis Minakakis is a Greek composer and conductor. His compositional interests include memory, breath and vocality, ancient and modern Greek texts, self-generating systems, complex symmetries, rule-based transformative processes, and the introspective exploration of language.

As a composer, he has collaborated with leading performers and ensembles across Europe, North America and Japan, including conductor Rüdiger Bohn, recorder virtuoso Tosiya Suzuki, Noh performer Ryoko Aoki, the Next Mushroom Promotion ensemble, the PRISM and Stockholm saxophone quartets, the Arditti String Quartet, the ensemble counter-induction, and Dolce Suono Ensemble. A recipient of numerous academic and artistic awards, he most recently received the 2010 Takefu International Composition Prize in the Takefu International Festival in Japan (Toshio Hosokawa, director) for his work Aggeloi II.

As a conductor, he has directed and coached chamber ensembles in performances of early 20th-century and contemporary music. He is currently involved with Boston’s Notariatous, a chamber music ensemble specializing in microtonal music, and EMMA, a collaborative platform combining research, lectures, and performance of electroacoustic, microtonal, multimedia, and algorithmic music.

Also active in the field of music theory, his recent work focuses on analytical approaches to early Modernism and the music of Xenakis and Ligeti.

A.B. Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude); M.M. New England Conservatory (Pi Kappa Lambda, highest awards, distinction in performance); Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.