Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) studied composition with I. Ioannidi, K. Varotsi and A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999, he moved to England to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of York where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and an Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarship (awarded by the Society of Friends of Music), among others.
His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard), IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Spring Festival (York University), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), Siemens Musikstiftung (Germany) and have been performed in over 500 concerts in 200 cities around the world.
His compositions have received 60 distinctions and prizes in international competitions including the 13th Kazmierz Serocki (Poland), 15th Franco Evangelisti Competition 2012 (Italy), Prix Destellos 2014 & 2011 (Argentina), the Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 20014, 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), the Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), the Look and Listen Prize 2004 (New York), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), the Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), the Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan), the Noroit Prize 2002 (France). Moreover, they have been selected by juries in more than 150 international Calls for Scores.
Kokoras’s work focuses on an unique approach he calls “sound composition,” music that uses timbre as the main element of form. His concept of “holophony” describes his goal that each independent sound (phonos), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). In both instrumental and electroacoustic writing, his music calls upon a “virtuosity of sound,” emphasizing the precise production of variable sound possibilities and the correct distinction between one timbre and another to convey the musical ideas and structure of the piece.
Panayiotis Kokoras’s creative output consists of 60 works ranging from acoustic works to mixed media, improvisation and tape. He has been president and founding member of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA). He is currently secretary of the Interactional Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME/ICEM) and Conference Chair for the ICMC 2015. As an educator, Kokoras has taught at the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete, and, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Since fall 2012 he has been appointed Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas. His music is published in 39 CD compilations by Spectrum Press, NOR, Miso Musica, SAN / CEC, Independent Opposition Records, ICMC2004 and distributed in limited editions by LOSS, Host Artists Group, Musica Nova, Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Dissonance Records and others.