Artist’s Corner with Asteris Kutulas
Guest: Marios Joannou Elia (composer & polymedial artist)

Marios Joannou Elia is well known for his large-scale and extravagant works. According to the American academic journal Perspectives of New Music, “Elia is regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the younger generation”. His international breakthrough came in 2011, with the première of the open-air multimedia “Autosymphonic” in Mannheim for 290 musicians and 80 cars at a 65.000 m2 stage, which was described by the Huffington Post as “one of the world’s more remarkable symphony concerts”. It won the 2012 Gold Apple award for Germany’s most innovative cultural event. Elia has composed more than 75 works, including the opera “Die Jagd” at the Stuttgart State Opera and “Ulmer Oratorium” for 400 musicians, especially composed for the highest church in the world. He is the creator of the audiovisual project “Sound of Vladivostok”, in which an entire city is staged – the Russian media described it as “a ceremonial sound portrait of the city”. Kyoto invited him to implement this same concept in 2018. Elia has received over 35 awards, including the Lutoslawski and Serocki Prizes in Warsaw, the Edison Denisov Prize in Moscow, the BMW Prize of Musica Viva in Munich and the Theodor Koerner Prize in Vienna lauded by the President of the Republic of Austria. He studied at Mozarteum Salzburg and Vienna’s University of Music and holds a doctorate of philosophy. His book, “The Concept of Polymediality”, has been recently published by Schott, Germany. Elia lectures at various Universities, in Salzburg, Leipzig or Seoul, and has been artistic director of important initiatives, including the European Capital of Culture.

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