Music Composition Concert, class Christos Samaras. Maria Gouvali – Stringquartet (2012), (Vafopouleio Intellectual Centre, 2012)

This concert took place on Tuesday 29th of May in 2012 at Vafopouleio Intellectual Centre at 9 p.m.
Music Composition’s specialization students presented their works. The students were: S. Avramidou, M. Gouvali, J. Gentzis, Th. Gougousoudis, G. Zampaklis, G. Karamitros, K. Chaliasas, V. Chatzigeorgiou, G. Chlitsios.

About the composer:

Maria Gouvali was born in Lamia in 1990.

In 2008 she admitted into School of Music Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She received a Diploma in “Saxophone” from professor Thano Fiseki at Municipal Conservatory of Lamia.

She studies Advanced Music Theory with professor Vasili Kitso

Since 2009, she is a member of the European Center for Saxophone Study selected by the president of the International Saxophone Committee of the World Saxophone Congress, Jean-Marie Londeix, with whom she has also attended master classes.

She has participated in seminars with Th. Kerkezo, Th. Zerva, J. Gouranis, N. Kypourgo.

She has appeared as a soloist in recitals and chamber music concerts. She, also, has been awarded three times in National Saxophone Competitions, which were organized by Unesco. She won the third prize in the first International Saxophone Competition that was held in Greece.

Her piece Stringquartet (2012) is composed in three parts, which are determined by the continuous evolution of texture. Characteristics of the piece are the use of glissando, the use of color spaces and rhythmic patterns, which contain contrapuntal “geometric” textures. The continuous texture’s transformation creates an effect, which, combined with the dynamics, expands through the low climaxes. At the end, catharsis comes as a reminiscence of the initial musical concept.
The piece is performed by Omiros Yavroumis (violin Ι), Konstantinos Pavlakos (violin ΙΙ), Thanasis Sourgounis (viola), Victor Davaris (violoncello). Conductor: Dimosthenis Fotiadis.

The piece was accompanied with visual material entitled MARTYRIES. For that reason thanks were given to Magda Christopoulou for processing the visual material of Anna Maria Samara and Young Artists of Engraving Workshops, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, of School of Visual and Applied Arts, University of West Macedonia of Florina and of the three Workshops, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of West Macedonia of Florina.

Also, thanks to the professors Xenis Sachinis, George Tsakiris, Dimitra Siaterli and Harris Kontosfyris.

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