Konstantia Gourzi – Composer & Conductor
Konstantia Gourzi studied composition and conducting in Athens and Berlin. She can frequently be seen in the double role of composer, and conductor of a concert.
Her artistic and musical wish is to make connections – as a composer, between traditional and contemporary sound worlds; as a conductor with new conceptual emphases.
Her work as a composer includes opera, film music, works for musical theatre, orchestra, numerous solo pieces, and chamber music. She has been commissioned by the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Nils Mönkemeyer, François Leleux, and the Heath, Minguet und Signum Quartets.
Always searching for new performance concepts for contemporary music, Konstantia Gourzi has initiated concert series, and has also followed the example of her mentor Claudio Abbado and founded various ensembles such as attacca berlin, ensemble echo, ensemble oktopus and opus21musikplus.
Supporting young musicians is also very important to her, and her former students can be found in all important European contemporary music ensembles.
Konstantia Gourzi’s recordings on NEOS, Sony and ECM, as composer and as a conductor, enjoy international acclaim.
Konstantia Gourzi was born in 1962 in Athens, Greece. She lives in Munich and has been Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater since 2002. The 2018-19 season began with several highlights: a world premiere at the ARD Music Competition, the premiere of a commissioned work by the Archiepiscopal Bishopric Munich-Freising in Rome, and a collaboration with Klangforum Wien. The season will conclude with three world premieres, including a commissioned composition by the BBC at the Cheltenham Music Festival and a commissioned work by the Nuremberg State Orchestra conducted by Joana Mallwitz.