Stylianos Dimou is a Greek composer born in Thessaloniki in 1988. He began music studies at the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, degrees in Music Harmony (May 2005), Counterpoint (May 2008) and diploma in accordion (June 2010). He has pursued advanced studies in composition with Prof. Christos Samaras at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Music Studies (Greece, 2011, MM in Composition) and he has been nominated as a Fulbright Scholar continuing his Graduate Studies at the Eastman School of Music (USA, 2012, MA in composition). He is currently a D.M.A. candidate in composition at the Columbia University studying with Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas. Dimou has also attended Composition Workshops held in Europe and the USA studying close to Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Fabien Lévy, Oscar Bianchi, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Goubaïdoulina, Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Steven Stucky, Anders Hillborg and Augusta Read Thomas.
Striving to maintain the balance between visceral inspiration and intuition one of the fundamental principles of this work is the conception of structure as the potential byproduct of microscopic elaborations of the timbral and gestural dimensions of music. The technical aspects of it deal with fluidity and the sculpting of sound, means that aim to highlight a visceral and ductile gestuality. Blurred sonorities, harmonic fluidity and gestural formation are some of the ideas that he is elaborating on in his recent works.
Dimou has collaborated with many ensembles such as the dissonArt ensemble (GR), Greek ensemble of contemporary music (GR), Idee Fixe (GR), Orpheus Soloists (GR), ALEA III (USA), Alarm Will Sound ensemble (USA), Stenhammar Quartet (SE), Jenaer Philharmonic Orchestra (DE), Brussels Philharmonic (BE), The ICP Ensemble (UK, FR), Ensemble Contrechamps (CH), Orkest de Ereprijs (NL), Talea ensemble (USA), Ensemble Nikel (IL), Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (FR) and others. His music has been premiered, presented and commissioned by festivals, institutions and International Competitions such as “Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik 2012” (International Festival for New music), Mizzou New Music Summer Festival 2012, “Young Composers Meeting 2013” (YCM), TACTUS Young Composers’ Forum 2013, Royaumont Voix nouvelles session de composition 2013, June in Buffalo 2013, Tzlil Meudcan Festival 2013, Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival 2012 – International Composers Pyramid, 5th New Music Week 2012 in Shanghai, International Composition Competition “Musica Domani Prize” 2012, 2011 RED NOTE New Music Festival, ALEA III International Composition Competition 2011, OSSIA New Music Organization, Fourth Workshop of Contemporary Music 2010 in the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki, Workshop of Contemporary Music “Music of the 20th and 21st century” 2009 in the Concert Hall of Athens.