Nicolas Tzortzis was born in May 1978 in Athens and has been living in Paris, France since 2002. Their music is characterized by great vivacity, a musical and visual polyphony, the organic incorporation of extra-musical elements and the controlled presence of technology. Awarded and played throughout the world, Nicolas Tzortzis has been following an autonomous path for years, constantly experimenting, questioning mainstream ideas and practices, while avoiding belonging to any particular “school”. They find inspiration in their philosophical and political readings (Castoriadis, Delphy, Kondylis, Rumsfeld), pop culture (television series, rock music, documentaries), but also sports and 1920’s surrealism.
They studied instrumental and electronic composition with Philippe Leroux at the CRD de Blanc Mesnil and at the University of Montreal (PhD, April 2013), musical theatre composition with Georges Aperghis at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern, Switzerland and Computer Aided Composition at the University of Paris 8 under the direction of Horacio Vaggione and José Manuel Lopez-Lopez. In 2009-2010 they attended the CURSUS 1 of composition and computer music at the IRCAM and were later selected for the CURSUS 2 for the years 2010-2012, where they presented “Incompatible(s) V” for silent piano and live electronics, premiered by Pavlos Antoniadis.
They have taken part in master classes with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer and François Paris, as well as computer music seminars at the IRCAM. In 2010, they were selected for the 6th New Composers Forum of the Ensemble Aleph.
Their music has been performed in France, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Peru, Japan, South Korea and Australia, and has been selected and awarded in competitions worldwide (USA, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Great Britain, Argentina).
They have worked with ensembles such as Court-Circuit, TM+, Quatuor Béla, Divertimento Ensemble, Proxima Centauri, Linea, Arditti Quartet, Tokyo Simfonietta, Arsenale, ECCE, Earplay, ACME, NOISE, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Binoculaire, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Kairos Quartet, Mantegna Quartet, EnAccord Strijkkwartet, Aleph, Klang, Cairn, Ergon, Dissonart, Trio IAMA, Texture and Vertixe Sonora and soloists Muriel Ferraro, Aleksander Gabrys, Quentin Darricau, Lisa Cella, Krista Martynes, Lorna Windsor, Julian Boutin and Spyros Thomas.
Selected by Peter Eötvös, they were composer-in-residence at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben for the second semester of 2013, they were resident at the Villa Ruffieux in Sierre, Switzerland, from February to April 2014. In 2015, they were a Fulbright visiting scholar at the CNMAT in UC Berkeley, working on a new piece for the Ensemble Earplay, and had a two-month residency at the Akademia Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.
Their recent works include a multimedia work for the ensemble Artéfacts commissioned by the Onassis Foundation, a sound and video installation with German artist Sascha Hahn and a piano concerto for the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include a violin chamber concerto for Alexandra Greffin-Klein with the French Ensemble Court-Circuit, and a portrait CD with Das Neue Ensemble from Germany.