Manolis Vlitakis

The composer and music theorist Manolis (Emmanouil) Vlitakis was born in Greece in 1967. He studied composition, music theory and instrumentation in Athens, Berlin and Paris and completed his doctoral dissertation in musicology on sound and instrumentation in compositions by Lachenmann, Boulez, Ligeti and Grisey.

Vlitakis was supported by various foundations and the Senate of Berlin (composition stipend for the Cité des Arts in Paris, composition scholarship in 2004, Nafög Dissertation Scholarship). Performances and commissions link his name with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Echo, Ensemble Junge Musik, Trio IAMA and others. His works are characterized by a structural approach which is also subject to the specifics of the momentary sound. Explorations of language, literature and philosophy are another important aspect in his compositions.

In his writings, Vlitakis, whose approach is a decidedly analytical one, explores the relation between sound/instrumentation and form, music theory and composition, as well as questions of intercultural composition. One of the focuses of his work is on music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Manolis Vlitakis holds a guest professorship for composition and instrumentation at the University of the Arts Berlin and teaches music theory at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He also maintains his pedagogical activities abroad, e.g. in Paris and in Tbilisi, Georgia.