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Constantine Koukias : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Epirus, An Ancient Voice : for piano with tape by Constantine Koukias, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 117.

Photo of Constantine Koukias


Constantine Koukias was the Artistic Director and CEO of IHOS Music Theatre & Opera for 23 years in Australia.

Constantine's avant-garde approach to the presentation of opera has resulted in hybrid productions such as Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water, MIKROVION (Small Life - 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life), The Divine Kiss, and Tesla - Lightning in His Hand. His most recent large-scale work, The Barbarians, was inspired by Constantine Cavafy's famous poem "Waiting for the Barbarians" and commissioned by the Museum of Old and New Art.

His works range from large-scale music-theatre and opera to mobile installation-art events.
His compositions have earned acclaim as being remarkable for their mesmerising, atmospheric qualities created by accompanying temporal and spatial production designs. In his recent works, exotic flavours have been introduced through Eastern timbres and melody-design.

In 1993, he was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to compose ICON, a large-scale music-theatre piece, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.

Additional music-theatre works include Kimisis - Falling Asleep, Borders, Orfeo, Rapture - Sonic Taxi Performance, Schwa - The Neutral Vowel, Antigone, and The Da Ponte Project. Prayer Bells, which draws on traditions of Latin, Hebrew, and Byzantine chant, had its USA premiere at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

In 2004, he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. His Incantation II for soprano and digital delay won the International Valentino Bucchi Vocal Prize in Rome in 1997. His design credits include the internationally acclaimed Odyssey and Medea.

In 2017-2020 Koukias is preparing two major new works, The Boy Who Fell Out of The Sky - concerto for Ondes Martenot, and Shaped by Trees - a film opera with librettist by Biasino Pezzimenti.

Constantine Koukias — current to April 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Tesla, Lightning in His Hand : opera Commissioned by West Australian Opera.
Digital sheet music sample A Shadow Amongst Shadows : for soprano and amplified cello with digital delay and tape (2019) Commissioned by Andrée Greenwell.
Digital sheet music sample Epirus, An Ancient Voice : For Ondes Martenot & Tape (2016) Commissioned by Nadia Ratsimandresy.
Digital sheet music sample Three Pictures for Linda : for flute ensemble (2010) Commissioned by the New South Wales Flute Society, Sydney Australia with the assistance of the Music Fund of the Australia Council
Digital sheet music sample KIMISIS, Falling Asleep : for amplified soprano, trombone, digital delay and tape (2010) Commissioned by MONA FOMA.
Digital sheet music sample Byzantine Reflections : for Violin & Violoncello (2008) Commissioned for performance at the 2008 Adelaide Contemporary Music Festival.

Analysis & Media

- Video: The Barbarians (excerpts)