Alexandros Spyrou is a Greek composer, music theorist, and artistic director. In his compositional work, he questions the modernistic paradigm of dialectics and proposes a liquid identity of a-centred multiplicities, which are in a continuous morphallaxis, in a constant state of becoming. He composes chamber and orchestral music, music for stage and electronic media, and often collaborates with visual artists, writers, and scientists.
Alexandro's music has been performed across Europe and North America by such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, JACK Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten, MDI Ensemble Milano, Ensemble SurPlus, Trio f : t, Longleash Trio, Ensemble Airborne Extended, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Ensemble DissonArt, and many acclaimed soloists.
After undergraduate studies in composition and music theory in Greece, Alexandros studied composition with Michael Finnissy in the United Kingdom, with Beat Furrer in Austria, and with David Gompper and Josh Levine in the United States. Further, he attended masterclasses with numerous composers.
He has presented his music and research in several festivals and instititions such as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, and the Schloss Solitude Akademie in Germany, IRCAM Forum in France, the Nordic Percussion Festival in Denmark, Composit Festival in Italy, the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Croatia, the Ticino Musica Festival in Switzerland, the 2020 NASA Biennial Conference at Arizona State University, the Midwest Composers Symposium and the Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers in the United States, the Extended Senses Symposium in the UK, the Beyond Expo, Thessaloniki International Fair, the Sacred Music Days and Piano Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the Stegi Onassis Cultural Center and the OutHear New Music Week in Greece. In 2019, his portrait concert Liquid Identities was presented at the RadioKulturhaus in Vienna, Austria and the PROGR Zentrum in Bern, Switzerland. He is a member of BMI classical, Society of Composers (USA), GEMA (Germany) a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).
Alexandros has been a scholar of the Fulbright Foundation, the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, the City Council of Ioannina, the University of Iowa, the Harry D. Triantafillu Foundation, the Stanley Foundation, the Austrian agency for international cooperation in education and research (OeAD), and has received prizes such as the Startstipendium for Music Composition (Austria), the Henry and Parker Pelzer Award for excellence in composition (USA), and the Ernst Mach Award (Austria). He holds diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue from the Conservatory of Ioannina (Greece), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Macedonia (Greece), a Master of Music from the University of Southampton (UK), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Bristol (UK), a Postgraduate Certificate in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), and a Ph.D in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Iowa (USA). He directs the Delian Academy for New Music (Greece) and teaches composition and music theory at the University for the Creative Arts (United Kingdom).