Calliope Tsoupaki


Born in Piraues in Greece, Calliope Tsoupaki (1963) has lived and worked predominantly in Amsterdam for more than 20 years. Tsoupaki studied piano and music theory at the Hellinikon Conservatory in Athens and composition with Yannis Ioanithis. She followed summer courses with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez and she took part in the Internationale Ferienkurse in Darmstadt. From 1988 until 1992 she studied composition under Louis Andriessen and electronic music under Gilius van Bergeijk at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Tsoupaki has composed music for a variety of musicians and ensembles, including the Nederlands Saxofoonkwartet, Orkest De Volharding, the Xenakis Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Greek Metropolitan Choir and Asko|Schönberg. She has been commissioned by, amongst others, the Greek national broadcasting organisation, Dutch broadcaster NTR's Zaterdagmatinee, the Holland Festival and the Dutch fund for composition Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst.

Compositions of Tsoupaki were performed at the International Gaudeamus Music Week in 1991 and 1993, as well as at the renowned Festival Nieuwe Muziek in Middelburg in the Netherlands, the Malta International Arts Festival, the Focus Festival in New York, the Blockflöten Symposium Calw in Germany and at various editions of the Holland Festival. In 1996, her composition Sappho's tears (1990) was selected at the 43rd International Rostrum of Composers. Her chamber opera Vita Nova premiered in 2004 at the Korzo Theater in The Hague and her Lucas Passie at the Holland Festival in 2008. In 2010, the Holland Festival premiered another of her works, Greek Love Songs. In 2012, at the invitation of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (Netherlands Wind Ensemble) she composed Maria, combining classical and folk music traditions related to the veneration of the Virgin Mary. Calliope Tsoupaki teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.