For all enquiries: GREGORY [at] EMFIETZIS [dot] COM

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Gregory Emfietzis
is a London-based composer, performer and teacher. His music makes drama out of the psychology and ritual of public performance.

Emfietzis's works are published by the
Composers Edition. You can also check
his interviews at the London Sinfonietta's
& Tim Rutherford-Johnson's blogs.

For all enquiries:
gregory [at] emfietzis [dot] com

Archive list of

12/09 : Utrecht, The Netherlands

 ^ 42nd International
^ Computer Music Conference

08/10 : Yerevan, Armenia

 ^ L'Antigonie Dance Project
^ CONSENSUS Dance Company
^ High Fest Int. Performing Arts Festival
@ State Chamber Theatre

 24/09 : London, UK

 ^ Dark Matter Theatre Production
^ Vertebra Theatre Company
@ Omnibus Theatre

 10 & 11/08 : London, UK

 ^ Dark Matter Theatre Production
^ Vertebra Theatre Company
@ Etcetera Camden Theatre

 08 & 09/05 : London, UK

 ^ L'Antigonie Dance Project
^ CONSENSUS Dance Company
§ Metapraxis Ensemble

 @ Tripspace Projects

 14/05 : Athens, Greece

^ Greek Composers' Union's

^ Concert Series
§ G.Tsangarakis & V.F.Kiazimi
@ Fillipos Nakas Conservatory

02/12 : Athens, Greece

^ Greek Composers' Union's

^ Concert Series
§ Duo Arsis (S.Lampouras & M.Makri)
@ Fillipos Nakas Conservatory

20/07 : London, UK

^ Aldeburgh Music's
^ English Song Project
§ V.Conacher & J.Barnoin
@ Club Inegales

14/07 : Frankfurt, Deutschland

^ Master-Abschluss-Konzert
§ T.Mpasdekis & P.Tukiainen
@ Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende
@ Kunst Frankfurt am Main

24/05 : Lanciano, Italy

^ (Con)fusioni 2014
§ Duo Macle
@ Auditorium Diocleziano

11-15/03 : London, UK

 ^ Dark Matter Theatre Production
^ Vertebra Theatre Company
@ Omnibus Theatre

 22/03 : Aldeburgh, UK

^ Aldeburgh Music's
^ English Song Project
§ R.Edgar-Wilson & H.Watkins
@ Snape Maltings

22/02 : Athens, Greece

^ ABOUT's residency
§ Angelica Cathariou
@ Theocharakis Auditorium

11/01 : London, UK

^ London Symphony Orchestra's

^ Soundhub Showcase (B)
§ London Symphony Orchestra

@ LSO St. Lukes

08/12 : London, UK

^ New Music Show 4
§ London Sinfonietta

@ Southbank Centre

25/11 : Pescara, Italy

§ Duo Macle
@Spazio Matta

22/09 : London, UK

^ Some Recent Silences
§ Apartment House

@ Kings Place

11/08 : Brezzo, Italy

^ "I Concerti di Casa Paolo"
§ Duo Macle

29 & 30/06 : Athens, Greece

^ Greek National Opera's Competition
§ Greek National Opera Orch.

@ Olympia Theatre - Lyriki Skini

15/06 : London, UK

^ "Music Impossible" project
§ Metapraxis Ensemble

@ All Saints Church, East Sheen

04/06 : Vienna, Austria

^ Wiener Konzerthaus's Competition
"Towards the Next 100 Years"

§ Berlin & Vienna Philharm.

@ Mozart-Saal, Wiener Konzerthaus

24, 25 & 26/05 : London, UK

^ "Music Impossible" project
§ Metapraxis Ensemble

@ Iris Theatre, Covent Garden

21/05 : Athens, Greece

§ Duo Ergon-a-Taston
^ (T.Sikelianou & A.Papanikolaou

@ Athenaeum Cultural Centre

18/05 : London, UK

^ London Symphony Orchestra's

Soundhub Showcase (A)
§ Metapraxis Ensemble

@ LSO St. Lukes

16/01 : London, UK

^ LSO Soundhub Workshop
§ LSO players & GSMD students

@ LSO St. Lukes


26/10 : Leeds, UK

^ pR_1: [Post]Analogue

 § Underscore

@ Leeds University

19-20/10 : Coventry, UK

^ INTIME 2012 Symposium

§ Madeleine Shapiro

@ Coventry University

28-30/08 : Bordeaux, France

^ Temp'όra International Meeting

for Musical Creation

§ Duo Macle

@ Le Rocher de Palmer

27/03 : clockopera.com

^ Clock Operation Debut Track

§ ThisIsFakeDIY

27/02 : London, UK

^ pR_1: [Post]Analogue

§ Underscore

@ Goldsmiths University


24/10 : London, UK

^ pR_1: [Post]Analogue

§ Underscore

@ St Anne's Church

11 & 12/8 : London, UK

^ Tête à Tête Opera Festival

§ Warehouse Ensemble

@ Riverside Studios

 16/6 : London, UK

^ Researching the Arts Conference

§ Metapraxis Ensemble

@ Brunel University

29/5 : Vilnius, Lithuania

^ Druskomanija Festival

§ OnePlusOne

@ Druskininkai Town Museum

26/5 : New York, USA

^ Contagious Sounds Concert Series


@ Gershwin Hotel

3/4 : Surrey, UK

^ Japan Tsunami Appeal Concert

§ Nao Maebayashi, Red Cross Fundraising

18/3 : Grimsby, UK

^ Lightworks Festival 2011
@ Grimsby Minister

10/3 : London, UK

^ Chaos Theory Concert Series

§ Metapraxis Ensemble

@ Blag Club

18/2 : Apeldoorn, Holland

^ YCM 2011

§ Orkest de Ereprijs

@ Gigant Filmtheater


28/11 : london, uk

^ ekon festival

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ theatro technis

18/11 : london, uk

^ music orbit showcase series

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ chelsea theatre

12/9 : london, uk

§ nao maebayashi

@ roehampton university

22/7 : darmstadt, germany

^ darmstadt institute

§ asamisimasa ensemble

18/7 : london, uk

^ world listening project

§ metapraxis ensemble w/ mar.marquez

16/7 : london, uk

§ nao maebayashi, fruit for the apocalypse

@ cafe oto

13/7 : london, uk

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ guildhall smd

30/5 : vilnius, lithuania

^ druskomanija festival

§ oneplusone

29/5 : vilnius, lithuania

^ druskomanija festival

§ in spe

24/3 : london, uk

§ carter wind ensemble

@ guildhall smd

10/3 : london, uk

§ london contemporary orchestra

@ brunel university

19/2 : london, uk

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ the space

18/2 : london, uk

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ brunel university

 16/2 : london, uk

§ research seminar w/ metapraxis ensemble

@ roehampton university

28/1 : athens, greece

§ alexandros theodorakopoulos

@ athenaeum

14/1 : huddersfield, uk

§ metapraxis ensemble

@ huddersfield university

10/12 : athens, greece

§ hellenic group of contemporary music

@ goethe institute

26/11 : london, uk

§ metapraxis ensemble

 @ roehampton university

19/09 : vilnius, lithuania

^ european capital of culture 2009

@ trade union palace

25/08 : ostrava, czech republic

^ ostrava days festival

§ quasars ensemble

26/4 : thessaloniki, greece

§ idée fixe

@ thermi culture centre

1/4 : london, uk

§ myrto loulaki, helena brown

@ roehampton university

 8 & 9/1 : chicago, usa

§ sonic inertia

@ sherwood conservatory of music


03, 04/11: london, uk

§ okeanos ensemble

@ guildhall smd

17/08: mazsalaca, latvia

§ quintus anima

06/07 : london, uk

^ ekon festival

§ andriana minou

16, 23 & 25/06 : london, uk

^ byam shaw

§ rachel greaves

 14/05 : london, uk

§ teresa vila

@ brunel university

23 & 24/04 : london, uk

§ roehampton chamber singers
& chamber orchestra

@ jubilee theatre (r.u.)

12/03 : athens, greece

§ lorenda ramou

@ aetopouleio concert hall

06/01 : athens, greece

§ myrto loulaki, andriana minou

@ matey dance school


14/12 : london, uk

§ myrto loulaki, andriana minou

@ barnes methodist church

14/10 : athens, greece

§ lorenda ramou, fluxus exhbition

@ benaki museum

21/03 : athens, greece

§ ilektra karanikola, georgia smerou

@ parnassos

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Gregory Emfietzis

The music of Gregory Emfietzis explores the drama, psychology and ritualism of public performance. Reaching far beyond sound alone it embraces staging, lighting, dramaturgy, costume design and more.

Some works, such as the miniature opera Mirror, mirror on the wall: the crucial moment, seem written as much for actors as musicians. Others, such as How to… corrupt someone, tend towards a more instrumental or sonic theatre. In one of his latest projects, Music Impossible, a ‘magnified’ shadow theatre piece funded by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and Arts Council (England), a fairytale story is narrated by musicians themselves as acoustic and visual puppets.

Emfietzis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He played the violin and sang, performing in many international festivals, concerts and operas, before and while taking a degree in Music Science and Art at the University of Macedonia. He moved to the UK in 2004, to study composition with Christopher Fox at Huddersfield University and with Fox, Richard Barrett and Jennifer Walshe at Brunel University.

His music has been performed by leading musicians and ensembles across Europe and North America. Recent performances include, the quintet Fear (not) premiered by ensemble WienBerlin at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the solo cello The Dark Art of Obscurantism -a commission by the London Sinfonietta- performed by Olly Coates, the opera The Darkness of Mistico staged at the Greek National Opera House (Athens), the solo piano DIY 1: the pianist & the lamp performed by Philip Thomas, and Sisyphus Victimised for 9 musicians and video projection premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble. Other groups he has worked with include Apartment House (UK), Asamisimasa (Norway), Greek Contemporary Music Ensemble (Greece), London Contemporary Orchestra (UK), Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands) and the Quasars Ensemble (Slovakia).

In addition to the above, Emfietzis is Composer in Residence at the Youth Music Centre (London), and Artistic Director of the Metapraxis Ensemble.


Recipient of 'Grant for the Arts'
Arts Council - England (UK)
for the project L'antigonie

Selected for Tenso's
Young Composers Workshop (Belgium)

Selected for Aldeburgh Music's
English Song Project (UK)

Recipient of 'Composer Bursary / Bliss Trust'
PRS for Music Foundation (UK)
for the opera The Darkness of Mistico

Recipient of 'Grant for the Arts'
Arts Council - England (UK)
for the project Music Impossible

Winner of Wiener Konzerthaus's
"Towards the next 100 years"
Int. Composition Competition (Austria)

Winner of Greek National Opera's
Open Call for Opera Projects
Nat. Composition Competition (Greece)

Winner of ABOUT Cultural Venue's
Residency with Angelica Cathariou (Greece)

Winner of Coventry University's
INTIME 2012 Symposium
Int. Composition Competition (UK)

Selected for London Symphony Orch's
LSO Soundhub Scheme (UK)

Selected for Temp'όra's International
Meeting for Musical Creation (France)

Selected for Orkest de Ereprijs's
Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands)

Selected for the Opera Group's
Mentoring Project (UK)

Finalist of Verona Academy's
Int. Chamber Opera Competition (Italy)

Selected for Darmstadt Music Institute's
Reading Sessions (Germany)

Selected for Fruit of the Apocalypse's
World Music Day (UK)

Finalist at the Synthermeia III
Int. Composition Competition (Greece)

Selected for Ostrava Days's
Institute & Festival (Czech Republic)

Selected for Vilnius 2009:
European Capital of Culture's Music
Visualisation Laboratory (Lithuania)

Winner of Sonic Inertia Ensemble's
Int. Chamber Music Competition (USA)

Selected for BMIC's Workshop
with Okeanos Ensebmle (UK)

Selected for Int. Wksp
for Young Composers (Latvia)

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Selected Works & Projects

    • The Book of the Dead (3 songs)
      for voice & piano (2014)

      A short song cycle based on poetry by Rebecca Perry (poetry & music written as part of the Britten-Pears / Aldeburgh Music 'English Song Project 2014'). Premiered by R.Edgar-Wilson (ten) & H.Watkins (pno) - Recording by V.Conacher (m.sop) & J.Barnoin (pno) [July 2014].

      Duration: 10 min. - Score

    • Temporality
      for fem.voice & clarinet (2011)

      A scene in a psychopathic hospital, between a patient locked in a room and a close relative waiting outside. Commissioned and premiered by New York-based duo NOISE-BRIDGE, Christie Finn (sop) and Felix Behringer (cl) [May 2011].

      Duration: 3 min.

    • Routines
      for violin & piano (2005)

      The piece explores the human need of creating and maintaining routines, and their rather destressing results in human relationships. Premiered by duo Norway-based OnePlusOne during Druskomanija 2010 festival - Recording by duo Ergon-a-Taston (Greece), Tania Sikelianou (vln) & Angelika Papanikolaou (pno) [May 2013].

      Duration: 10 min.

    • Implied Failure
      for 7 instrumentalists {b.fl b.cl 2vln vla vc db} (2009)

      The first in a series of semi-improvised pieces experimenting with visual and acoustic communication between performers. Commissioned by the Greek Composers Union and premiered by the Greek Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Theodore Antoniou [December 2009].

      Duration: up to 11 min.

    • Shot II: Orpheus & Eurydice
      for m.sopr. & 5 instrum. {cl b.drum pno vln vc} (2008/09)

      An imaginary sequel of the Orpheus & Eurydice myth, based on poetry by Myrto Loulaki. Premiered by ensemble Idée Fixe (Greece) - Recording from a multi-disciplinary performance, as part of the Vilnius Cultural Capital of Europe 2009 programme [September 2009].

      Duration: 11 min.

    • Fear (not)
      for woodwind quintet (2008)

      The piece is acoustically, visually and conceptually based around the idea of facing or not (facing away from) our everyday fears. Premiered by Ensemble Wien-Berlin (musicians of the Berlin & Vienna Philharmonics), as part of the Wiener Konzerthaus's Composition Competition Towards the next 100 years [June 2013].

      Duration: 7 min. - Score

    • How to... corrupt someone
      for 5 instrumentalists {en.hn b.cl harp vla vc} (2008)

      Using the harpist as the "soloist", the piece explores the use of the performers' physical gestures as an integral part of the composition. Premiered by the Okeanos Ensemble (UK) - Recording by the Quasars Ensemble (Czech Rep.), during the Ostrava Days Festival [August 2009].

      Duration: 10 min. - Score

    • Pictures of ...a journey
      for m.soprano & 5 instrum. {fl cl perc pno vc} (2004/05)

      A presentation of different shots taken from a reverted story about a ...strange journey. The English version of the work was created in 2005, with texts by the composer and the use of E.A.Poe’s poem Lenore. Premiered by Firebird Ensemble (UK) - Recording by Chicago based ensemble Sonic Inertia (USA) [January 2009].

      Duration: 21 min.

    • Sisyphus Victimised
      for 9 musicians, conductor & video projection (2013)

      “The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor” - A.Camus. This work has been commissioned 
and premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the LSO Soundhub scheme [January 2014].

      Composer: Gregory Emfietzis, Conductor: Daniel Cohen
      Video Maker: Kyveli Anastassiadi

      Duration: 12 min. - Score

    • ...our saviours...
      for three female voices & 14 musicians (2010/11)

      "[For] the [...] people, please [say] "NO" ... for a little bit of democracy, for sovereignty, for some power to [everyone on this planet] ”. Premiered by the Dutch Orkest de Ereprijs [February 2012].

      Duration: 3 min. - Score

    • Oneway Implications
      for 10 musicians (2010)

      The second in a series of semi-improvised pieces experimenting with visual and acoustic communication between performers. Recording by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Peter Wiegold [March 2010].

      Duration: up to 12 min.

    • The Darkness of Mistico (opera)
      for three singers, 15 musicians & women choir (rev.2013)

      A chamber opera (libretto by M.Loulaki): Somewhere between Greece and Italy, somewhen lost in space-time. The plot follows the lives and deaths of two identical souls: Orpheus and Mistico. Orpheus is a mythical figure whose legacy continues even today; Mistico is a modern age man with this legacy as his burden. Produced by the Greek National Opera, with GNO orchestra (conducted by N.Vassiliou) and singers Elena Marangou, Eleni Liona, Yannis Filias [June 2013].

      Duration: ap. 45 min. - Score

    • Mirror, mirror on the wall
      for 4 instrumentalists/actors (2011)

      A six-word miniature opera, partly based on the story of Snow White. Commissioned and premiered by James Young (pno) and the Warehouse Ensemble (UK), during the Tête à Tête opera festival [August 2011].

      Duration: 3-5 min.

    • DIY4. stimulating the cellist's melatonin
      for cello, viola, vocalist (+lamp) OR solo cello (+lamp) (2010)

      The 4rth piece of the DIY series, and part of the Metapraxis IV: ...a dream [within a dream]... project, the piece continues exploring the use of light as a muted musical instrument. Premiered by Samara Ginsberg (vc) and the Metapraxis Ensemble, as part of musicOrbit's showcase events [November 2010].

      Duration: 6 min.

    • DIY1. the pianist and the lamp
      for piano (+lamp) (2007)

      The 1st piece of the DIY series, exploring the role and function of a lamp as a muted musical instrument inside a chamber music situation. Premiered by the Greek pianist Lorenda Ramou, as part of the Benaki Museum's FLUXUS : "Not for sale" exhibition in Athens [October 2007].

      Duration: 8-10 min. - Score

    • L antigonie
      dance & music project (2015)

      Dance and music realization of Antigone, based on J.Cocteau’s version of the original myth. A tribute for the hundred anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915. The project was supported by the Arts Council England, UAL Univerity of the Arts London and ACOSS International Artist Residency Program.

      Choreography & Direction : Aline Derderian,
      Music : Gregory Emfietzis

      Duration: 60 min.

    • Défigure sur la plage inerte
      dance & music project (2014)

      Défigure sur la plage inert (Disfigure on the inert beach): Self initiated piece of choreography for two dancers.

      Choreography & Direction : Aline Derderian,
      Interpretation : Jessica Calzolari & Aurélie Peronne
      Filmmaking : Mille Fischer Christensen, Music : Gregory Emfietzis

    • Music Impossible
      music & shadow puppet theatre project (2012/13)

      In a city from which music has been forcefully banned, a group of citizens secretly manage to discover the truth about the missing sounds and colours. This is a theatrical music performance, devised and composed by Gregory Emfietzis (based on M.Loulaki's fairy tale), and presented as a shadow puppetry show. The project was supported by the Arts Council and LSO Soundhub and was performed by the Metapraxis Ensemble [May/June 2013].

      Composer/Dramatist: Gregory Emfietzis, Director: Charlotte Ive,
      Scenographer: Ingrid Hu, Puppet Maker/Puppeteer: Jo Lakin

      Duration: 45 min.

    • Liquid Evolution
      dance & music project (2010)

      Composer Gregory Emfietzis and choreographer Mariana Lucia Marquez weave together sound and movement developed from her daily dance meditations by Lavender Pond and the Thames in South East London. In dialogue with musicians Myrto Loulaki (singer, multi-instrumentalist) and Guilermina Chivite (violin) of Metapraxis Ensemble, Marquez renders an in-the-moment interpretation of Emfietzis' score. The project was presented as part of the Fruit For The Apocalypse's Soundscapes of East London festival (World Listening Day 2010).

      Sound: Gregory Emfietzis, Movement: Marina Marquez,
      Costume: Monica Soto Paredes

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