Biography

Ion Marmarinos (b.1975) is a Greek composer based in France. His music has been described as “self-contained well-defined…with a strongly characterised writing style…some of the most up – and – coming composers of today” [RMN Classical], instaure une dimension théâtrale’’ [ResMusica]une musique toute en volutes, avec de belles atmosphères, toute de douceur [Thierry Vagne], and “one of the highlights of the show” [The Guardian]

Inspired primarily by phenomena, imagery and patterns of temporal formations in nature while at the same time focusing on the presence and absence of memory, his music narrates stories of contrasts of complex structures. They attempt to create an experience of temporality that gradually camouflages the conscious perception of an organized time and therefore one that becomes personal to the listener. 

Ion’s music has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the Matan Givol international composition competition (Israel), the Bruno Maderna International composition competition (Ukraine), the Kaleidoscope international competition (USA), King’s College London’s Collaborate and Engage innovation award (UK), the Ablaze Records’ New Choral Voices Series international competition (USA), RMN Classical’s Contemporary Chamber Music international competition (UK), Petrichor Records international competition (USA) and the Ierapetra and Zografou national competitions for original theatrical score (Greece).

His compositions have been performed internationally, among others by the Lumina String Quartet, The Winds of The Americas, Lontano, EXAUDI, L’ Ensemble Alternance, L’ Ensemble Court – Circuit, Meraki Chamber Players, Unicamp Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, Vertixe Sonora Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, Roadrunner Trio and Coro Volante, in England, France, Italy, Ukraine, The Netherlands, America, Brazil, Australia and Greece in venues such as the Frederick Lowe Theatre (New York), The Black Box Theatre (New York), Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy) the Lviv Philharmonic Hall (Ukraine) and the Verbrugghen Hall (Australia). Working primarily in Greek and American independent productions, he occasionally composes music for the theatre, short films and contemporary dance.

Ion began his musical studies at the age of 5. At the age of 9 he started composing while studying piano and Hindemith theory at the Athenaeum conservatoire in Athens. He continued his musical studies in New York, London and Paris with Justin Dello Joio, Rob Keeley and Michel Merlet. He holds a PhD in composition from King’s College London, a Certificat de Perfectionnement in composition from L’ École Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot”, an MA in composition from New York University, an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and a BSc in business from the American College of Greece where he also studied psychology and mathematics.

He taught composition, theory and percussion in England, America and Greece, at King’s College London, The National conservatoire of Greece, Delfiko conservatoire, Athena conservatoire, at musical institutions and secondary schools in New York as well as privately.

His music is published by the Composers Edition and distributed worldwide by Ablaze Records, RMN Classical, Naxos Music Library, Albany Records of America and Petrichor Records. 


Awards

Winner of the 2019 Petrichor Records international competition/call for new music recordings – Chamber ensemble category, USA.

Winner of the 2019 Petrichor Records international competition/call for new music recordings – Vocal/Choral category, USA.

Honourable mention: 2019 RMN Chamber Music Recordings international competition. Featured in the album of RMN Classical, Focus On. London, UK.

Finalist at the 2019 Kaleidoscope international competition/call for scores. Selected among 2200 scores from 90 countries. Los Angeles, California, USA. 

Winner of the 2018 RMN Chamber Music Recordings international competition. Selected among 50 pieces from around the world to be included in the RMN Classical’s CD Contemporary Chamber Music, Vol. 8. London, UK.

Winner of the 2018 Ablaze Records’ international competition, New Choral Voices CD, Vol. 4. Selected among 73 pieces from around the world; distribution in more than 60 countries by Naxos Music Library, Albany Records, iTunes and Amazon.com. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 

Finalist at the “2018 Kaleidoscope international call for scores”. Selected among 2200 scores from 76 countries. Los Angeles, California, USA. 

Finalist at the “2018 Bruno Maderna international composition competition”. Lviv, Ukraine.

Honorary mention: “2018 Matan Givol international composition competition” among 60 scores from 24 countries. Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Innovation award: King’s College London – “Collaborate and Engage”, an interdisciplinary project, which featured “Sacretum”, a piece for vocal ensemble based on women’s data of their menstrual cycles. London, UK, 2017.

Nomination for best original score for theatrical play: August Strindberg’s “The Father” – National Festival of Ierapetra, Crete and National Festival of Zografou, Athens, 2013. 

Third prize: The Lumina String Quartet workshop and competition for the piece “Ta Kolylia Tou Efialti” for string quartet. New York University, New York, New York, USA, 2005. 

Distinction: The Wind of The Americas workshop for the piece “En – Spasis” for wind septet, New York University, New York, New York, USA, 2005.


Important Collaborators and Performers

Ensembles

Sydney Contemporary Orchestra 

Unicamp Symphony Orchestra

Roadrunner Trio 

L’ Ensemble Alternance

Ensemble Court – Cicruit

Phoenix Ensemble: Roman Kreslenko (Conductor)

Vertixe Sonora Ensemble, Clara Saleiro (Flute), Roi Barros Germiñas (Saxophone), Roberto Alonso Trillo (Violin), Ailsa Lewin (Cello)

Darragh Morgan (as Conductor), Mary Dullea (Piano), Rowland Sutherland (Flute), Stuart King (Clarinet), Patrick Dawkins (Violin), Rose Redgrave (Viola), Clare O’ Connell (Cello)

Lontano: Odaline de la Martinez (Conductor), Miloš Milivojević (Accordion)

Meraki Chamber Players : Natasha Loomis (Flute), Alex Knox (Clarinet), Terence Thornhill (Cello)

Vocalists

EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble: James Weeks (Conductor) with Audrey – Ardern Jones (Poet)

Coro Volante Vocal Ensemble

Sopranos: Harriet Burns, Philippa Boyle, Camille Le Bail, Fanie Antonelou

Baritone: Oskar McCarthy

Instrumentalists

Pianists: Horacio López Redondo, Clare Simmonds, Simon Carrey, Apostolos Palios, Rob Keeley

Camellia Johnson (Clarinet), Alfia Nakipbekova (Cello), Rowland Sutherland (Flute)

Conductors

Christian Schulz, Brett Scott


Reviews

“En création mondiale, Rencontres, du Grec Ion Marmarinos, instaure une dimension théâtrale”

Review of world premiere of chamber piece “Rencontres” at Salle Cortot, Paris as part of the opening season of L’ Ensemble Court – Circuit Une ouverture de saison En Miroir pour CourtResMusica.com (20 September 2018)

“une musique toute en volutes, avec de belles atmosphères, toute de douceur”

Review of world premiere of chamber piece “Rencontres” at Salle Cortot, Paris as part of the opening season of L’ Ensemble Court – Circuit. Thierry Vagne Découvrir la musique contemporaine. Concert Court – Curcuit – Matalon – Stravinsky published by critic Thierry Vagne (18 September 2018)

“One of the highlights of the show is a piece composed by Ion Marmarinos”

Gallery aims to lift lid on taboo over menstruation published in The Guardian (5 November 2017)

“H μουσική οδηγεί στην κορύφωση του δράματος…Η επιτυχία της ήταν πλήρης…Με το έργο αυτό ο Θεατρικός Όμιλος έκανε την διαφορά”

Review on world premiere of music composed for August Strindberg’s theatrical play “The Father” as part of the 2014 season in Andros, Greece. Ο Θεaτρικός όμιλος Άνδρου σε μια ξεχωριστή παράσταση published in the Εν Ανδρω, (21 July 2014)

Photographs

by Marion Saupin – marionsaupin.com – please credit wherever used.