Composer, stage director, conductor, musicologist and professor Dimitri Nicolau was born in Keratea (Greece) and naturalized Italian, he resides and works in Rome. Besides his musical studies in Greece and in France he has done researches in the vast field of popular music with particular interest in the Mediterranean and Balkan area. In 1967 his opposition to the regime of the Greek colonels got him political asylum from the Italian state. Graduated in cinematography in the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome (C.S.C) he has practiced this profession for some years without yet interrupting composition, collaborating with different directors: S.Agosti, M Bellocchio, M.Brenta, V. Gassman, N. Koundouros, M. Meschke, M. Ponzi, C. Tuzii a. o. He has work either as director of the photography that co-director for "La cambiale di matrimonio", an opera by G. Rossini for the Experimental Programs of the Rai - TV (1971). He has frequented the faculty of Modern Letters in Rome University. Fundamental for his artistic formation is the relationship with the theory and the Collective Analysis of Massimo Fagioli. He has dedicated several years to didactic activity as a teacher of stage song, vocal theatrical technique and as a composer of original music at the Institute of Ancient Drama (INDA) of Syracuse, the Theatrical Academy of Calabria, the Theater Calabria a.o.
From 1959, the year in which he begins to compose and to realize his compositions publicly, he reaches today a catalog of over 290 compositions including 3 Operas, 5 Symphonies for large Orchestra, numerous Concerts for Soloist and Orchestra, many works for plucked string orchestra, soloist and ensembles, works for chamber ensemble, many works for Voice, two Cantatas for soloist, choir, actors and large orchestra, ballet music. Besides that, he has composed sound tracks for cinema, television and radio , music and songs for infancy and over a 100 scores for the prose theater; from 1996 to 2001 he collaborated with the theatrical company " La Bottega del Pane".
His music exploits masterly each instrument's (or voice's) potential, often with most unusual tone and playing techniques. Many of his works show an intense theatrical quality. His works have been performed at many musical centers throughout Europe, North Africa, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, at Italian festivals like: "Incontri Musicali Romani", "Nuova Consonanza", "Danzaricerca", "Musica 900", "Nuova Musica Italiana alla RAI - RadioUno", "Il Politecnico Musica", "Teatro del Opera", "Rassegna Intern. di Musica Contemporanea", "EAST meet WEST", "World Saxophones Congress at Pesaro" ,"Abruzzo Rossini Festival" , "Emilia Romagna Festival" etc.,
Also at festivals in: Greece, England, Poland, Holland, Spain, Germany, France, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Norway, URSS, Denmark, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, S. Arabian, U.S.A, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Lithuany, Australia etc. .
Some of the Works commissioned by :
ISTITUZIONE SINFONICA ABRUZZESE: "Canti dalla Resistenza" op.31 per Soli, Voci recitanti e Orchestra (-duration 90'), "Commedia Armonica" cantata scenica with mixed Choir and Orch. op.99 (duration 60')
Festival INCONTRI MUSICALI ROMANI : "Stringquartet n.6 " op.28, "II ° Concerto" op.33 for Oboe soloist, Soprano voice and Strings, "Lezione di Musica" Scherzo musicale-chamber opera op.43, "Madrigale Scenico" op.93 for Soprano voice and Ens. from Lady Chatterley's Lover of D.H.Lawrence.
Coop. LA MUSICA and TRIO DI COMO : "Canti dal Mare" op.55 for String Trio.
HERAKLION FESTIVAL '85 (Creta) and in collaboration of ALEA III of Boston : "Amanti - Lovers" op.56 for Chamber Orchestra
Festival of Athens Capital of the European Culture '85 and in concomitance with the European Year of Music 1985, "La Melodia ritrovata" ballet for large orch. op.41 (1975) with the NJO Orchestra conducted by Adam Gatehouse and "Nel Sogno una Rosa" fantasia op.57 for Duo Sax and Piano, played from the Trio Mondelci-Mazzoni-Giuliodori.
The A.P. and in collaboration with the Theater ROSSINI of Lugo di Romagna, opera-fable in ten scenes "The hair in the wild boar or : the invention of the Neapolitan pizza" ( Il cuoco progioniero) op.66. During the season 86/87 has reached 70 replicas on the whole national territory.
Greek National Radio - ERT for the program Authors of New Vocal Music of the year 1986/87, "Three Songs op. 71" for Soloist and small orchestra.
The ENS. ITALIANO DI SASSOFONI for his stable repertoire, "Fourth Symphony op. 70" with Soprano's voice and Sax Orch, the "Concert op.77" for Piano and Sax Orchestra with percussion and different chamber works among which the "Saxquartet n.1 op.61" and "Saxquartet n. 4 op.128".
The Association MUSIC '85 and on the occasion of the Festival dedicated to Mozart's year of music 1991, "Die Alte" satire in music in one act op.108 with comic Soprano and Ensemble.
I SOLISTI AQUILANI for the Music Festival for the centennial of the birthday of G.Rossini (1992), the "Gran Partita op.113 " for Strings and Winds (-duration 45 's) and the elaboration-orchestration of "Seven Songs" for Soprano, Mezzosoprano and Orch. from Rossini's notebooks.
The IALSAX QUARTET on the occasion of its being part of the WORLD SAX Congress ( Pesaro 1992), SAXQUARTET n.3 op.110, FOUR SAX DANCES op.164 and IALSAXMUSIC op.177 for the XII° WORLD SAX Congress in Montreal 2000.
ATHENS MUSIC HALL ( Megaron) and OM.MA in Athens, for the season of the concerts 93/94, "Nanoùrisma" with Voice middle and Chamber Orch. op.119 realized by Alea III of Boston.
Bookstore AMORE E PSICHE (Love and Psyche) in Rome and in collaboration with the Center S.Luis de France, "CANTI op.126" with Voice and Piano on texts of European poets, Monica Carletti ms, C. Bonechi, pianist. (- duration 50 minutes).
SAX-CHORUS, "Rapsodie en Grec op.127" pour Orch. des Saxophones.
EUROPÄISCHE Jugend Z.Orch. the composition "Simple Suite op.151" for plucked string orch.
"VOLTI op.173" for voice and piano dedicated to Baritone D. Fischer-Dieskau
Sydney MANDOLINS : "FIVE op.174" for Ens. of Plectra
SKALKOTTAS ENSEMBLE in Athens : "La Chanson d' Ophélie" op.183 for Voice and Chamber Orchestra
Ensemble COLLEGIUM ARTIS the composition "Suite d'été" op. 204 per Violino, Viola, Violoncello e Pianoforte.
TRIO AEDON the compositions : Trio Serenade op.158, Trio Concertante op.197 for Clar.,Cello, Piano soloists and large Orchestra, Greece, Zuki's Dance.
Duo EGGEBRECHT - KUPSA : "STRASSENMUSIK n.16" op. 210 for Violin & Cello.
Mezzosoprano Marilena Zlatànou the composition "OPERA AUDITION" op.227 a lyric comic monologue on libretto by the composer
Saxophonist Theofilos Sotiriadis DISSIDENCE op. 240 for Sax Alto soloist
Saxophonist David Brutti "NOCTURNAL" op. 238 for Sax Bass soloist & CD e "SIXTH SAX SONATA" ( Réponses à l'avant-garde schizophrène) op. 239 for Sax Bass and Piano
Arturo Tallini A PETRASSI, IL GIOVANE op. 245 for Guitar soloist
Quartet AURANOVA STRASSENMUSIK n. 21 op. 243 for Sax, Guitar, Synthesizer & Percussion
Percussionist Federico Poli KERATEA op. 217 Concerto for Marimba soloist and Percussion Ensemble ( total 7 players)
Percussionist Markus Leoson "KOTANKO" op.241 e " TEMPO & TEMPO" op.242 for Marimba soloist and Marimba & Oboe soloists.
The Trumpetist Ivano ASCARI "MUSIC FROM RECEIVED LETTERS" op. 257 for Trumpet Solo, TWO DANCES IN GREEK MOOD op. 194 for Trumpet and Piano soloists, TRUMPET SONATA n.2 op. 196 for Trumpet in Bb and Piano, Kagliòpi , Zuki's dance, 11 September Day, a small tribute for Trumpet in Bb and Piano, SONATA MISTERIOSA op. 230 for Trumpet in C and Organ soloists, TRUMPET CONCERT op. 208 for Trumpet in C and String Orchestra
I SOLISTI DI ROMA "SUITE SU TEMI D'OGGI" op. 247 for Sax soloist & String quartet
Ensemble "COLLEGIUM ARTIS" "A GEORGE SAND" op. 249 per Voce, Voce narrante, Violino, Violoncello e Pianoforte
TRIO BERTRAND ( Spain) "ISC SUITA" op. 250 for Bandurria, Guitar & Harp soloists
Ensemble ACCADEMIE ARMONIA “E’ LUNGA ANCOR LA STRADA ” op. 261 for 2 Mandolins soloists & String Orchestra ( or Quintet)
MEDITERRANEI ” op. 266 for Viola concertante & Ensemble
Thessaloniki "Dimitria" 1985 and 2004
Week of Greek Music in London (Purcell Room) 1989
Taormina Arte Festival 1991
Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea, Palermo 1992
Spoleto Festival 98
De Ijsbrecker Festival of Contemporary music
Salzburg Fest. Aspekte
Mondi Sonori Festival 2002 e 2003
Emilia Romagna Festival 2004
XX Verucchio Festival
Olympiad Cultural Greece 2004
He has collaborated with different companies of Contemporary Ballet such as
Dance Company Daniela Capaci and Daniela Bönsch
1990 the Center of Research-Contemporary -Music (KSYME) of Athens held a cycle of meetings-seminars dedicated to him,
for several days, with in-depth discussions, and comparisons about his language
and musical style and with a public concert in the Town Theater of Athens where
the author directed the première of his
"Concert for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
op. 39" interpreted by the cellist Marcel
In November 1991 he has been assigned the First Prize unanimously in the II° Conc. Intern. S.Behrend for the composition "NYCTES op.97" that has been realized in worldpremière at the Festival of Baden-Baden in May 1993.
In March 2001 the Center Mousikì Estìa in Athens has dedicated him a monographic meeting
in which Prof. Thomas Tamvakos illustrated and analyzed the work and personal style of the composer from 1959 to 2000.
The VI STAGE International Of the Saxophone that took place at the Conservatory of Fermo in Dic.1999 and in collaboration with the A.S.I. a concert and monographic space was dedicated to him. Title: "Voyage in the music of D. Nicolau". His personal and original style was discussed so as his way of writing for Saxophones. On that occasion another composition has been introduced in world première "Rhapsodie en grec" op.127 from the SAX CHORUS.
Dimitri Nicolau was invited to participate in the International Symposium of Composers organized by the Fondazione Toscana Musica e Arte which took place at the Castello di Poppi in Arezzo (Italy) in the first week of October 2002, about the topic: The art of composition today.
In May 2002
in the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg ( Germany) and in
collaboration with the Bayerischen Rundfunk, his "La Melodia Ritrovata" op 41 (1975) a ballet for large orchestra.
The Nürnberger Symphoniker directed by Jac van Steen, was performed.
With his original compositions he has participated in different WORLD SAX CONGRESS consecutively among which: Tokyo 1988, Pesaro 1992, Montreal 2000, Mineapolis 2003.
The XXXVI Festival Internacional de Music en the Rioja has assigned him the PREMIO DE COMPOSICIÓN "AYUNTAMIENTO DE LOGROÑO 2002" for the MANDOLIN Sonata op.198 for Soloist Mandolin ( Mus.Editions Mnemes) interpreted with great sucess by Mathieu Sarthe-Moureau.
He has been a member of the international jury for the IX edition 2003 of the International Contest of Composition "2 Agosto".
The Commune of KERATEA in collaboration with the Cultural Association "Xrisì Tomì " has dedicated him a monographic concert, an exhibition with his paintings and designs, that took place in the great room of the Ceremonies (May 25 th 2003). The greek musicologue Thomas Tamvakos has introduced the work and the personality of the composer while the musical part was entrusted to the music Ensemble KELADOS in Athens.
In the June 2004 he has been officially named member of the Greek Composers Union (Enosi Ellinon Mousourgon).
RAI Radiotelevisioneitaliana has transmitted for a whole month
in the June and July 2004 through the channel Auditorium of the Filodiffusione
by web his COMMEDIA ARMONICA op. 99 (1990)
a cantata with Choir and Orchestra
RAI Radiotelevisioneitaliana has transmitted for a whole month in the June and July 2004 through the channel Auditorium of the Filodiffusione by web his COMMEDIA ARMONICA op. 99 (1990) a cantata with Choir and Orchestra
With FOUR SAX DANCES
op.165 she has participated officially in the inaugural concert of the Cultural
Olympiad 2004 that is has taken place in the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki.
With FOUR SAX DANCES op.165 she has participated officially in the inaugural concert of the Cultural Olympiad 2004 that is has taken place in the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki.
HAYDN ORCHESTER of
Bolzano and Trento for the Season of public concerts 2005-06 she has realized
in first world his TRUMPET
CONCERT op. 208 in different places under
the direction of M° Christoph
Eberle and Ivano Ascari as Trumpet soloist.
the XXVI Festival BBK 2006/7 "Musicas actuales" in
the center of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Spain and
subsequently in the Goethe Institut in Rome it is introduced
the comic chamber opera "Lesson Of Music" Lezione
di musica (Op. 43 - 1982) realized by the MU SICA -Theater -
The European Guitar and Mandolin Association (EGMA) in cooperation with the Federazione Mandolinistica Italiana (FMI) will be holding the 7th meeting of the European Mandolin and Guitar Youth Orchestra in Italy, Ferrara 6 April 2007 / Vittorio Veneto 7 April 2007 / Pieve
di Cento - Bologna 8 April 2007 in which will be played in Italian first "LA BELLE ET LA BETE" op. 60 (1986)
He has received many prizes and awards for his music and many commissions from numerous ensembles and international soloists like:
AURELIA SAX QUARTET of Amsterdam, ENSEMBLE ITAL. DI SASSOFONI, TRIO MONDELCI-MAZZONI-GIULIODORI, ATHENS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, SYMMOLPA ENS. of Athens, PLUCKED STRING ORCH. of Patras, the CIRCOLO MUSICALE of Athens, STRINGS IN STEIN (Holland ), NEDERLAND SAX QUARTET of Amsterdam, ARTURO TALLINI guitar soloist, WORLD SAXOPHONES ORCH. of Brussels, ALEA III of Boston, KENNY-HARATSARIS-WITTING Ens. of Edimburg, LAWRENCE GWOZDZ sax soloist, SAX CHORUS ENS.., ELENA PAPANDREOU Guitar soloist, WURTEMBERG Z.ORCHESTER, HESSISCHES ZUPFORCHESTER of Frankfurt, TRIO UMBRO DI SAX, I SOLISTI DI ROMA, L. LANZILLOTTA, IALSAX Quartet, Ensemble "OCTANDRE" di Bologna, l'orch. della CITTÀ' DI BRESCIA, Ens.LA MUSICA di Roma, TRIO PETRASSI, TRIO CHIAROSCURO of Amsterdam, Duo LOMBARDI-VITI, ACCOLAND Claudio Jacomucci, Duo MARCEL & SANDA SPINEI, TRANSCONTINENTAL SAX Q., Duo ARBONELLI - De FILPO , HELIKON SaxQuartet of Amsterdam, Quartetto "BERNINI" , GLI ARMONICI of Palermo, NEW SAXOPHONE Q., Orchestra IL PLETTRO of Brescia, ANAKI DUO (Spain), ATEF HALIM ( Japan), PIERP. IACOPINI (Rome), MAS. DONNINELLI (Italia), ORCHESTRA OF COLOURS ( Athens), ENSEMBLE à PLECTRE ( Luxembourg), ITALIAN MODERN ENSEMBLE, Duo M.CARLETTI&C.BONECHI, The D'Amore DUO (U.S.A.), GEORGES DARAVELIS (Greece), Das BADISCHE ZUPFORCHESTER (Germany), TRIO POLYCORDES (Francia), Orchestra "F.BUSONI" of Trieste, Duo CARLETTI&MARINO, IVANO ASCARI, DUO EGGEBRECHT-KUPSA (Germany), JON BURGESS ( Texas University USA), STATHIS MAVROMMATIS (Greece), DUO MARKUS LEOSON-HELEN JAHREN (Norway), QUARTETTO AURANOVA, TRIO BERTRAND (Spain), Duo M. CARLA NOTARSTEFANO & P. IACOPINI, MACEDONIAN SAXQUARTET (Greece), ACCADEMIE ARMONIA di Ischia, RENAISSANCE SAXQUARTET, ROMA SINFONIETTA, and many Others...
From the music composed for the prose theater we remember:
"Zoo di vetro", "Donne a parlamento", "La Allodola", "Diario di un pazzo" (several greek theaters), "Il Volpone" by B. Johnson ( Olimpico di Vicenza), "Matrimonio di Figaro" e "L'opera del mendicante" for ATER Teatri (regia di A. Pugliese), from 1975 he worked for many years with the Teatro "Il Politecnico" of Rome in different productions, among which "La morte del Dott. Faust" by De Chelderode ( adaption and direction by Amedeo Fago), "Segreteria telefonica" and "Risotto" by A. Fago (directed by the author), "Leonzio e Lena" by G. Buechner directed by L. Durassi Festival di Caserta 1978, "Tre sorelle" by A. Cechov. Teatro Argentina in Rome and " Lo Scamandro" by L. Pirandello; Agrigento festival 78 directed by D. Polidoro, "La bottega del pane", "L' eccezione e la regola", "Un uomo è un uomo" (Brecht), "Questa sera grande spettacolo" (Plauto), " I sogni di Clitennestra" by D. Maraini directed by G. Sammartano, "Intrighi d'amore" by T. Tasso at the festival di Taormina Arte '91 director A.Piccardi, " Ifigenia in Aulide" with the company Pagliai-Gasman, "La strana coppia" by N.Simon (director : A. Piccardi) " Coefore" for the Teatro Greco di Siracusa 1996 (direction G. Pressburger), "Femmina" by F. Mancini (authors direction), "Il Demone meschino" by Sologub - Moretti for the Teatro dell'Orologio (direction A. Zucchi). Currently he primarily collaborates with the theatrical company " La bottega del pane" with which he realized important musical scores in pieces like "Rimane ancora, mettiamo, la luna" , "Yerma" by F.G.Lorca for the Festival dei Due Mondi - Spoleto '98 , "I due fratelli gemelli" and "Amfitrione"by Plautus (Teatro greco di Morgantina, Teatro di Ostia antica '98), "Vengono, ombre lunghe del Novecento", "Donne a Parlamento" ( greek theater of Segesta '99), "Un giorno, quando ne avremo il tempo" ( Roma, Teatro Valle 2000),"Il Persiano" (Greek theater of Segesta 2000) all these directed by G. Sammartano.
We remember some original sound tracks for the films : "Panagulis Zei" by G. Ferrara, "Le Ali della Colomba" by G.L. Calderone, "Nel Cerchio" by G.Minello, "Il Segreto di Gustave Flaubert" by U. Silva, "Il Lungo Inverno" by Ivo Barnabò Micheli, "Sogni e Bisogni" by S. Citti, and with special contribution in the music of the films "Enrico IV" and "Il Sogno della Farfalla" by Marco Bellocchio.
Many CD's are realized e distributed by : EDIPAN , Ponzo-Records, LYRA in Athens, KSYME in Athens , PENTAPHON , MATERIALI SONORI , FONIT-CETRA ( Italy), LA FOLLIA MADRIGAL ( France), TROUBADISC ( Germany).
Over 190 compositions have appeared in many musical editions such as:
EDIPAN ( Rome -Italy) , PENTAFLOWERS (Rome - Italy ), NAKAS ( Athens - Greece ), J.TREKEL MusikVerlag ( Hambourg - Germany ), VOGT& FRITZ MusikVerlag ( Schweinfurt - Germany ), MATERIALI SONORI ( Arezzo - Italy ), AGENDA Ed.Mus. ( Bologna - Italy ), MNEMES ( Palermo - Italy ), AURALIT ( Bologna - Italy & New York- USA), BÈRBEN (Ancona -Italy), ANTES EDITION (Baden-Germany)