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Calliope Tsoupaki
1963 -
C. Tsoupaki
Calliope Tsoupaki (27/05/1963), a Greek female composer, born in Piraeus, Greece. She makes music that has a mood of timelessness. Her objective is expressing the essence as simply and clearly as possible. In her compositions she uses elements of early and contemporary music as well as the music of Greece and the Middle East.
Calliope Tsoupaki is a Greek-Dutch composer living in Amsterdam. Her compositions combine East and West into a contemplative and spiritual whole. Her works contain elements that refer to her Greek roots and her love of early as well as contemporary music. The result is a completely personal style and timelessness music. Her objective is expressing the essence as simply and clearly as possible.
Calliope Tsoupaki started her career at the Hellinicon Conservatory in Athens and continued her studies in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen. Since 2007 she also teaches at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
So far her oeuvre consists of more than 70 works for various instrumentations, from solo to orchestral works, dance, theatre, opera and multimedia projects. Her music is praised for its melodic character, warm sound and emotional quality. The New York Times once described her work as “dizzyingly beautiful” and the Dutch magazine TM called her “Monteverdi of the 20th century”, and her “St. Luke Passion” had a startling succes during the Holland festival 2008. From November 2018 to November 2021 she was Composer Laureate of the Netherlands. In July 2021 she was awarded the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Composition Price, for her composition Thin Air, a composition for variable instruments and instrumentation as an expression of solidarity and compassion in the troubled times of the pandemic. Thin Air is performed more than 50 times in various festivals and by musicians from all over the world.
Bosch Requiem: Liknon
Period:21st century
Composed in:2019
Musical form:free
For Festival November Music, Tsoupaki wrote Bosch Requiem 2019, Liknon. In 2023 published on CD. A musical prayer to Mother Mary in times of doubt and distress. Millions of people on this globe seek comfort from Mother of God. Tsoupaki places Mary at the center of her brand new Bosch Requiem. Liknon is a Baroque ode to the mother of all mothers and means baby swing cradle. In some icons of Mary on her death bed, you see Jesus holding her in his arms as a newborn baby, thus coming full circle.
Tsoupaki: “In my composition, I [also] waver between objectivity and passion. It is a musical prayer to Mother Mary in times of doubt and distress.” “I deliberately chose two high voices because of their angelic appearance. Moreover, a countertenor is the incarnation of elusiveness: a rarefied voice that carries you away to the higher, it moves on a threshold. This fits exactly with what I want to express with my piece. Even in the instrumental accompaniment I have strived to capture the hesitation, that moving back and forth.”