Stylianos Dimou is a Greek composer of acoustic, mixed and electroacoustic music, as well as a conductor and performer. Recipient and nominee of numerous International Awards, Distinctions and Grants, his music has been premiered and commissioned by International Festivals, Institutions and Competitions in Europe and the USA. In the forefront of his research area is the topic of vibrant complexity and live interactivity utilizing technologies aimed at the ultimate blending among instrumental and electroacoustic entities. He is working towards artistic - technological frameworks where the technology is as equally involved as human beings in the realization and final execution of a musical piece of art. His most recent projects explore aspects of organic, pitch intricacies in relationship with the evolution and the eventual exhaustion of repetitive mechanic rhythmicity.
Fulbright Scholar and participant of various International Composers Meetings, Dimou holds a Bachelors Degree - BMus in Composition - from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006-11), and a Graduate Degree - MA in composition - from the Eastman School of Music (2011-13). He has pursued advanced training in the Cursus program of IRCAM (2017-18), and he is an alumnus of the OeAD organization (2018-19). Dimou holds a Doctoral Degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Columbia University, in Music composition having pursued advanced artistic research and graduate studies as a Deans’s Fellow. He is currently Composer in Residence at the Trägerverein Herrenhaus Edenkoben.
Striving to achieve a balance between inspiration and raw intuition, one fundamental principle of his music is the conception of structure as a fluid and sculpted organism; this is achieved via microscopic manipulations of the timbral and gestural dimensions of the music. Blurred sonorities, harmonic fluidity and gestural formations are some of the ideas that he is elaborating on in his recent works. As a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, in the forefront of his research area is the topic of vibrant complexity and live interactivity utilizing technologies aimed at the ultimate blending among instrumental and electroacoustic entities. He is working towards artistic-technological frameworks where the technology is as equally involved as human beings in the realization and final execution of a musical piece of art. The implementation of DSP (Digital signal processing) and amplification on the instruments, along with the combination of electroacoustic sonic entities, introduces the genesis of an electrified sonic world. The emergence of such sonic conglomerate behaves as the sonic extension of the acoustic instruments forging ahead to the assemblage of a “hybrid sonic twin”. This collision can arguably be expressed as the “ground zero” of the reconceptualization of “complexity” either as a sonic or as a performance experience.
Dimou’s music has been premiered, commissioned and programmed by International Festivals and Institutions in Europe and the USA such as the Mixture 2020, impuls festival 2019, ISACM / IKI Hamburg 2019, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2019, Nomination at the New Classics Competition of Moscow Conservatory for young composers 2018, IRCAM – MANIFESTE 2014, 2016 & 2018, Gaudeamus Music Week 2018 – 2015, International Ensemble Modern Academy 2015, World Saxophone Congress 2018, International Computer Music Conference 2016 – ICMC 2016, DELIAN ACADEMY FOR NEW MUSIC 2017, Altitude University – Ensemble Multilatérale 2017, Curso de Composición Institut Français-Barcelona Modern Project 2017, MAtera INtermedia festival 2016, Moving Classics 2016, New Music Edmonton 2015 Hear This Now Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea 2014, Royaumont/ Voix nouvelles/ session de composition 2013, 5th [‘tactus] Young Composers Forum 2013, June in Buffalo, International festival and Conference 2013, Tzlil Meudcan 2013 International Festival & Summer Course for New Music Performance & Composition, Young Composers Meeting 2013, Mizzou New Music Summer Festival – University of Missouri, Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival – International Composers Pyramid, The 5th New Music Week in Shanghai 2012 and Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik 2012-19.