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Katerina Stamatelos

Thessaloniki, GR         

Katerina Stamatelos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.

She studied piano performance with Helen Papazoglou (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki), Gelert Modos (Pireus Association), Dianko Iliew (Conservatory of Vienna), Lois Rova Ozanich (Kent State University), and Uriel Tsachor (The University of Iowa).

Her composition teachers include: Michael Eckert, David Gompper, Lawrence Fritts, and Jeremy Dale Roberts (The University of Iowa). She further attended composition master classes with Theodore Antoniou, Robert Platz, and Beat Furrer.

She holds degrees from The University of Iowa (MA and PhD in composition), Kent State University (MM in piano performance), the Conservatory of Vienna (Piano Teaching Certificate), and the Pireus Association (Piano Soloist Diploma).
She also holds a degree in Fashion Design (Dimitrelis School of Fashion, Thessaloniki).

Her awards include: a full tuition scholarship and assistantship for composition (The University of Iowa, 2005–2006), the Henry and Parker Pelzer Composition Award (The University of Iowa, 1999–2000), the Rita Benton Scholarship for piano performance (The University of Iowa, 1999–2000), the Iowa Performance Fellowship (The University of Iowa, 1996–1999), Scholarship of the Hellenic University Club of Northeastern Ohio (1986), Scholarship of the Blossom Festival School (Kent, Ohio, 1985), full tuition scholarship and assistantship (Kent Sate University, Kent, Ohio, 1985–1986), Scholarship of The Music Friends of the City of Vienna (Vienna, Austria, 1975–1976), Scholarship of the Pireus Association (Pireus, Greece, 1970–1971) and a Panhellenic Piano Competition Award (Pireus, 1970). Her compositions have been performed at the Midwestern Composers’ Symposiums of 2006, 1998, and 1997 at: The University of Iowa, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oberlin College, in Italy, and in Greece ( Athens and Thessaloniki).

Recent compositions of hers have been premiered at: The SoundSCAPE Festival 2009 (Pavia, Italy), The International Saxophone Symposium 2010 (George Mason University, USA), and The Flamingo International New Music Festival 2010 (Florida, USA). Her recently commissioned work (the song cycle Love and Terror) was premiered at the University of Iowa (March 6th, 2010) and has already been released on CD by Albany Records. Finally, her most recent performances were by Paul Bowman who presented her composition RedMoons for solo guitar in a series of six concerts in the USA.

As a pianist she has performed in Greece, Austria, Germany, the United States, and Canada. She has appeared as a soloist with all major orchestras of Greece and on National Radio and TV. She is an elected member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society, and ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers).

Her compositions are recorded by SXISMA RECORDS label. Her publisher is: SXISMA EDITIONS, also an ASCAP member. Both Sxisma Records and Sxisma Editions are based in New York City, USA.

Her music can be purchased online here:


We Who Would Be Great And Kind

WE WHO WOULD BE GREAT AND KIND, op.10: a composition for soprano-coloratura, mezzo-soprano, and ensemble (1998).

Lyrics: Cecile Goding.

Duration: 6 minutes….

Premiere information: Emily Truckenbrod, soprano-coloratura; Rachel Andrews, mezzo-soprano; Heather Webb & Joao Baptista Sartor, alto flute and piccolo flute; Sarah Leavengood & Anton Hatwich, contrabasses; Pat Anderson, Joe Bohling, Jonathan Crawford, Scott Morgan, percussion; Sergio Espinoza, conductor….
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METAMORFA I, op. 16: composed for solo bassoon (2005).
Duration: 5 minutes.
Commissioned by: Benjamin Coelho.

Midwest Composers’ Symposium 2006,Smith Recital Hall,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL, February 25, 2006.

Meta (meaning ‘after’ or ‘beyond’) is combined here with the root morfa deriving from the noun “morfe” (=form). The result of this new word is the “new” meaning of Forms-Beyond, an interesting title for compositions resulting from manipulations of “model-forms”!


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String Quartet No.1, movement II

STRING QUARTET, No.1, op.12 (1999).

Duration: 23 minutes.

Premiere information: Miki Yuasa, violin I; Stephen Shepherd, violin II; Sarah Prahl, viola; James Ellis, violoncello; James Mothersbaugh, conductor.

Composers’ Workshop Concert, Clapp Recital Hall, The University of Iowa School of Music, Iowa City, IA, February 21, 1999.

My first string quartet was inspired by a masterpiece of literature, The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. The work has served as my Masters Thesis.


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