Orestis Papaioannou

Orestis’s curiosity and interest in various music genres keep him too distracted to compose music which can be categorised in a particular movement or aesthetic. He believes however that different influences are able to mould one’s personal language without disturbing its homogeneity and identity. He is fascinated by the ideas of deconstruction, subjective interpretation and fusion of pre-existing structures and textures that inspire him. These can derive from a barock passacaglia, a northern greek lament tune, Balinese Gamelan, to “My Way” from Frank Sinatra. This world of open possibilities however is “filtered” and “transformed” through his personalised aesthetic criteria. Each piece is constructed in the philosophy of a small universe, where internal rules and balances tie the elements of the piece with one another. Composition is for him an internal need of communicating ideas and feelings, in the hope that they might be a small contribution in that infinite variety of the world of music.


Orestis was born in 1993 in Sitia and grew up in Edessa (northern Greece) where he took his first musical steps at the municipal music school with degrees in harmony, counterpoint, and clarinet. He continued with studies in chamber music at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and University of Macedonia. Traditional music in greek provincial areas is usually culturally stronger than the so-called western classical one; this dichotomy between two musical worlds was the norm during his upbringing and played an important role in his positive attitude towards various musical influences and his interest in ethnomusicology.

His academic studies include a Master’s in composition with Christos Samaras at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he graduated as a valedictorian (2011-2017) and Masters’s/Concert Exams in Music with Dieter Mack at the Lübeck University of Music (2017-2021). He is now a doctorate candidate at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre as a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), researching hybrid voice techniques in the contemporary music theatre. His artistic and academic work is supervised by Gordon Kampe and Nina Noeske and his new Opera “The Fall of the House of Commons” (libretto by Alexandros Lountzis and Orpheas Apergis) will be premiered in Hamburg in 2022. He has participated in numerous digital-or-analogue masterclasses with renowned composers, such as Michael Finnissy, Oliver Schneller, Phillip Mainz, Rebecca Saunders, and Thomas Adés.