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Orestis Toufektsis

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Orestis Toufektsis (Austria/Greece) was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From 1986 he was studying piano, harmony and counterpoint at the conservatory, and at the same time geodesy at the Technical University in Thessaloniki. From 1993 he was studying composition with Gerd Kühr at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He ist he winner of many awards and acknowledgments (for instance, the City of Klagenfurt Prize for Composition in 1995 and the Advancement Award for Music from the City of Graz in 2007). He is one of the founders of the artresonanz ensemble. Since 2007 he has been the chairman of the composers’ association die andere saite.
His compositions were performed in lots of festivals, for example off borders 2018, tectonics 2017, tage neuer musik graz 2014, biennale zagreb 2013, musikprotokoll 2012, HDS 2010, PhotoBiennale 2008, soundings 2008 (Austrian Cultural Forum London), echosigiria 2002 and he has collaborated with many ensembles and musicians (ensemble artresonanz, ensemble zeitfluss, szene instrumental, Stadler-Quartett (ÖNM), Tetras Quartett, RSO-Wien, Städtisches Symphonie Orchester Thessaloniki, members of klagforum-Wien etc.).
2007/2008 Toufektsis was a guest-composer at the Institute for Electronic Music of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz („Compositional aspects of self-similar structures“), in 2010 he took part in the project „Algorithmic composition in the context of New Music“, and 2011-2014 an international research project Point/Patterns of Intuition (IEM of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz). Since October 1999 he teaches Music Theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz.

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