Upcoming concerts

April 2017 – March 2018
Scholarship as composer in residence at the International Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg 

6.6.2017
Bavarian Radio - Sendung "Horizonte", 22.05-23.00 Uhr
ensemble oktopus
conductor: Konstantia Gourzi
Claudio Ambrosini: "De Vulgari Eloquentia" (Henri Bonamy, piano; Mark André: "riss 2" (Luigi Gaggero, cymbal); Olivier Messiaen: "Oiseaux exotiques" (Markus Bellheim, piano)
Recorded on February 9, 2017 at Reaktorhalle Munich  

8.6.2017
Bavarian Radio– „Horizonte“, 10.05 – 11 pm
Ny-él. Sounds from White Garden
The greek composer and conductor Konstantia Gourzi
Portrait by Susanne Schmerda

8.6.2017
Tokyo, Shibuja Cultural Center Owada
Nils Mönkemeyer, Viola
Konstantia Gourzi: nine lullabies for a new world (homage a  J.S. Bach) for Viola Solo   

5.7.2017
Bamberg, Internationales Haus Villa Concordia
Portrait Konstantia Gourzi
Nils Mönkemeyer, Viola and William Youn, Piano
nine lullabies for a new world (homage a  J.S. Bach) for Viola Solo  
noch fürcht ich for Klavier Solo
three dialogues – Hommage a Mozart for Viola and Klavier 

19.8.2017
Zemplén Festival, Sárospatak Ungarn, 6 pm
Komlóska, Orthodox Church
Konstantia Gourzi: Paharión, the Red Angel in the Garden of Las Huelgas
Saint Ephraim (Choir), Ensemble opus21musikplus with Vassilis Agrokostas (Psalm singer, Lyra), Harris Lambrakis (Ney), Miltiades Papastamou (Violin), Slava Cernavca (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet), Tamás Bubnó, Conductor

25.8.2017
Bayerischer Rundfunk - Broadcasting
Mark André: „riss 2“ for Ensemble
Ensemble oktopus and musicians from the Music Academy in Nürnberg
Konstantia Gourzi, Conductor

 

Press

Basler Zeitung, 23.08.2016
The great awakening occurred with the orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, directed by the conductor and composer Konstantia Gourzi (54). In “Le Sacrifice” by Iannis Xenakis she brought out sharp shafts of sound, calculated to slay the mythical bull to whom the work is dedicated. After that we were able to relax in Per Nørgård’s “Voyage into the Golden Screen” where trance-like effects were achieved with tiny sound displacements. In György Ligeti’s “Concert Romanesc” the orchestra moved virtuosically between fiery dance rhythms and mountain idylls evoked by horn motifs.

The high point was heralded as Gourzi’s new work entitled “Ny-él, Two Angels in the White Garden”. This is part of a series of compositions devoted to angels by the Greek-born composer, who now lives in Munich. At the premiere, conducted by Gourzi herself, the many archaic rhythms and wistful wind melodies were striking. In between, there were repeated disruptive sound effects until the orchestra reached an idiosyncratic shimmering sound in the last movement.

Der Landbote, 23.08.2016
The Greek composer and conductor Konstantia Gourzi revealed herself to be a wonderful communicator, making a congenial and artistically impressive appearance with the Festival Academy.  A cleverly devised programme with works by Iannis Xenakis and Per Nørgård also included her own work, a commission for the Lucerne Festival: “Ny-él, Two Angels in the White Garden” reveals the composer’s impressions of bronze sculptures by the artist Alexander Polzin in eruptions of sound and rhythm, and in powerful melodic gestures.

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 10.09.2016
Konstantia Gourzi, the Greek composer, conductor and professor in Munich (wearing a long light blue frock-coat and black trousers) then demonstrated how to conduct the complicated work of Iannis Xenakis and the cheerful-folkloric of the young György Ligeti with precise hand gestures. When Per Nørgård’s “Voyage into the Golden Screen” simply doesn’t want to end, Gourzi then shapes the dying notes with her two hands, as if she is guiding soap bubbles safely home.

And she was even more resolute when it came to the premiere of her own commissioned work “Ny-él. Two Angels in the White Garden”. Its fifteen minutes’ duration had nothing of the esoteric about it, despite its title, but a vital, rhythmically-characterized music, the themes of which would be highly suitable for film – for the Alfred Hitchcock of the black-and-white era or a Greek drama.

Bachtrack, 24.08.2016
Further among the women’s musical offerings was an hour by Greek composer Konstantia Gourzi, who launched her programme by conducting a challenging piece by Iannis Xenakis. His work, with its pioneer muscular repetitions and explosive momentum, was a true test of accurate pacing. Gourzi also took on an intriguing piece by Per Nørgård, whose extended possibilities among some 25 instruments produced a variety of chuckling, grating and hauntingly metallic sounds. The world première of the conductor’s own piece Ny-él, Two Angels in the White Garden gave us a reflection of Gourzi’s deep sense of spirituality in four miniatures. I particularly liked its slithery segments, robust cello, and the way it explored the limitless possibilities of sound generation − bowing or slapping the cello’s wooden body, for example.

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 22.08.2016
On Sunday, alongside works by Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti and Per Nørgård, Konstantia Gourzi also conducted the premiere of her own work “Ny-él”. Inspired by angel sculptures by the artist Alexander Polzin, the work wonderfully complemented the other works, not least because of its programmatic content.  As conductor, Gourzi demonstrated her own repertoire of gestures for of each of the four pieces, making Nørgård’s “Voyage into the Golden Screen” in particular into an almost meditative experience.


Concert recording from 21.08.2016: SRF2 (online til 06.10.2016)  

New CD-release:
meditation I
for Marimba solo, Glockenspiel & singing bowl, 2013/15, op. 54
Soloist: Kana Omori 
Label: HCO MUSIC, HCOM-1027

 

CD releases

In October 2014 the new album with String Quartets was released at ECM New Series.

Read more about the education program of Konstantia Gourzi:

opus21musikplus - live in der Grundschule

Dates 2017

3.2.2017
München, Carl-Orff-Auditorium
Ricardo Descalzo, piano
Konstantia Gourzi: Aiolos Wind, six piano pieces 

5.2.2017
Kempen
Minguet Quartett & Gérard Caussé
Konstantia Gourzi: Anájikon, the Angel in the Blue Garden, String Quartet Nr. 3 for the Minguet Quartett 
nine lullabies for a new world (hommage a J.S. Bach) for Viola Solo 

9.2.2017
Reaktorhalle München, 19 h
ensemble oktopus
Works by Olivier Messiaen, Stefano Gervasoni, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Claudio Ambrosini, Mark
Andre
Soloists:
Andrea Lieberknecht, flute
Markus Bellheim, piano (Messiaen)
Andreas Schmidt, voice
Henri Bonamy, piano (Ambrosini)
Luigi Gaggero, cymbal
Konstantia Gourzi, conductor

14.2.2017         
Bilbao
Ensemble Kuraia
Konstantia Gourzi: Hommage a Mozart – three dialogues for violin and piano

18.2.2017  
Kiev
Ukho Ensemble Kyiv
Dovzhenko Center
Konstantia Gourzi: "Beauty" for big ensemble, world premiere 
Luigi Gaggero, conductor

11.3.2017
Television: 3Sat – Film Maestras

16.03.2017 
BR-Klassik, Broadcast  „Horizonte“ 22.05 h
Concert Feb 9, 2017 – Hommage á Peter Sadlo
ensemble oktopus
Works by Olivier Messiaen, Stefano Gervasoni, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Claudio Ambrosini, Mark
Andre
Soloists:
Andrea Lieberknecht, flute
Markus Bellheim, piano (Messiaen)
Andreas Schmidt, voice
Henri Bonamy, piano (Ambrosini)
Luigi Gaggero, cymbal
Konstantia Gourzi, conductor 

18.3.2017
BR-Studio Recording (Bavaria Radio)
Peter Michael Hamel: morton feldmann in my life (1994)
Ensemble opus21musikplus
Flute, Alissa Rossius
Violin, Rebecca Hartmann
Marimba, Marcel Kentaro Morikawa
Piano, Henri Bonamy
Conductor, Konstantia Gourzi 


11.4.2017    

Prag
Signum Quartett
Konstantia Gourzi: P-ILION, neun fragmente einer ewigkeit, String Quartet No. 2

21.4.2017
Reaktorhalle, München
Ensemble oktopus
ConcertMaster Class Young Composers, Young Conductors

5.5.2017
Coruña, Spanien
Conservatorio Superior de Música
Ricardo Descalzo, Piano
Konstantia Gourzi: Aiolos Wind, six piano pieces

6.5.2017
Ferrol, Spanien
Conservatorio Superior de Música
Ricardo Descalzo, Piano
Konstantia Gourzi: Aiolos Wind, six piano pieces

7.5.2017
Getxo, Spanien
Festival Mujeres en la Música, Escuela de Música Andrés Isasi en Areeta
Ricardo Descalzo, Piano
Konstantia Gourzi: Aiolos Wind, six piano pieces

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