THEODOROS BROUTZAKIS

Composer-Fellow 

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THEODOROS BROUTZAKIS was born in Athens, Greece in 1969 and started his musical studies at an early age. He studied at the National Conservatory of Athens, Anagennisi Conservatory, and “F. Nakas” Conservatory, graduating with a Piano Diplome, degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint, Wind Ensemble, Fugue and a Composition Diplome with a grade of “Excellent with Merit” on his “Variations on a Theme by Th. Adoniou” for string trio. He has also had lessons in Organ, Jazz Piano and Improvisation, Orchestra Conducting, as well seminars on Piano Performance, Jazz Piano, Pedagogy and Orchestra Conducting.


He has performed in concerts and recitals in Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Cyprus. Among his compositions of which there are over eighty, are two symphonies, three string quartets, one Suite, various works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, songs, dances in Greek style, choral music, music for the disabled and film and theater music. Several have been performed in Greece, Boston USA and Serbia. His “Concerto for two Bouzoukis and Orchestra” for the NIMUSFEST 2016 in Nis, Serbia fuses folk with classical music.


He has been teaching Piano and Music Theory since 1989 and is also a Music teacher in public schools since 2003.

Archipelagos Suite

PROGRAM NOTES

The “Archipelagos Suite” consists of two movements the first of which, “Nymphs’ Dance”, quietly describes the awakening of the Nymphs (in Greek mythology female deities, young and stunning in beauty, living in the wilderness and wandering in the mountains) by using primordial sounds and plain orchestration, consigning them in ancient antiquity.

As the movement advances, evolving both thematically and in orchestration, it results in a frenzied dance, a journey through space and time, with breaks in dark timbres and moods, thus symbolizing the adversities. The passionate mood quickly recovers and returns victoriously in power awakening the Spirits of the Cordilleras!

The second movement, entitled “Dance of the Spirits of the Cordilleras” is a natural continuation of the first; the beginning of a second dance which is an assurance of the gift of abundance to man. The dance is greatly inspired by the magnificent natural landscape of the rice terraces of Banaue.

I wish to bring together musically the history of the terraces, which spans about two millennia, with the ancient Greek mythology and history through the use of rich timbres provided by a symphonic orchestra.