Adrien Tsilogiannis
Compositeur - Composer
Contemporary music
BIO (en)

Born in 1982 in Brussels, Adrien Tsilogiannis is a composer and a cellist. He teaches cello and musical training at the Music Academy of Etterbeek and Schaerbeek.

Adrien studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he successively obtained a first prize certificate in music theory (2001 with André Colson), a higher degree in specialized music theory (2002, with Michel Lysight), a first prize certificate in chamber music (2003 with André Siwy), a first prize certificate in cello (2003, with Marie Hallynck) and a master’s degree in cello with distinction (2006, with Marie Hallynck). He had the privilege to study with renowned cellists like Edmond Baert, Didier Poskin and Viviane Spanoghe. He obtained a teacher accreditation for cello in 2008 and a pedagogical master’s degree in musical training in 2010.

In 2010, besides his occupation as an instrumentalist and teacher, Adrien Tsilogiannis also obtained a master’s degree in composition and orchestration with Daniel Capelletti. And in 2014, he obtained a complementary master's degree in composition with the Belgian composer Peter Swinnen, head of the Flemish division of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Thanks to his participation in several workshops, he had the opportunity to collaborate with, and have his works premiered by various ensembles : the Brussels Philharmonic - the Flemish Radio Orchestra (2011), the Oxalys Ensemble (2012), the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra – BPO (2012), the Sturm und Klang Ensemble (2012/2013), the Musiques Nouvelles ensemble (2013/2015), the Odysseia Ensemble (2013), the Quartetto Prometeo (2014), I Solisti del Vento (2015).

He has received some distinctions for his works : Sabam award for Brumalia (2012), the Emile Agniez-Prize for Ophélie (2013), MusMA-Prize for Attrait de la Mer et des Racines (2014), Prize of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Irruptions, éruptions, interruptions (2014), Second Prize at the "Egidio Carella - Val Tidone" Composition Competition for Imperscrutable Appel (2014), Prize at the International Composition Competition of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia for Apoptosis (2011, rev. 2015), honourable mention at the International Composition Competition 2015 "De Bach au Jazz" for Sinueuses d'enluminure (2015).

Adrien Tsilogiannis reached the finals of the Young Composers' Forum TACTUS in 2011, during which his work Yoctodôme (2010) was performed by the Brussels Philharmonic - the Flemish Radio Orchestra led by Michel Tabachnik in Flagey's well-known Studio 4. Moreover, he had the chance to take part in master classes and receive a complete musical 'coaching' by renowned composers such as Michel Tabachnik, Julian Anderson, Jean-Paul Dessy, Claude Ledoux, Bruno Mantovani, Augusta Read Thomas, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Luc Van Hove and Peter Swinnen.

He is laureate 2012 of the SPES Foundation giving him the opportunity to attend international courses for composition : ARAM (Poitou, France) in 2012 with Peter Swinnen and Dr. Richard Whalley, SYNTHETIS (Radziejowice, Poland) in 2014 with Zygmunt Krauze, Paul Patterson, Alessandro Solbiati, Chen Yi and Pawel Hendrich, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy) with Salvatore Sciarrino.

Today, as a composer, he attempts to explore the infinite expressive possibilities of sound texture, tone, and gesture, whose attractive powers he cannot resist, in line with composers like E. Varèse, S. Sciarrino, I. Xenakis and K. Saariaho.

Adrien Tsilogiannis' works rely on drama rather than program ; his musical imagination is fed by a wealth of inspiring influences while using the typical methods of his own aesthetic development. For instance, he likes to base his compositions on psychological drifts (Frénésie Suicidaire, 2006), on philosophical issues like the infinitesimally small (Yoctodôme, 2010), or on the latest discoveries about biochemical microcosms (Apoptosis, 2011, rev. 2015). However, he has also often been inspired by literary works, like J.R.R. Tolkien's (De la Lugubre Incantation, 2005), Alexandre Blok's (Deux Cités Déchues, 2008), Maurice Maeterlinck's (Entase, 2011), and more recently drew inspiration from the poet and thinker Serge Venturini (Filante, attirante... de l'inaccompli, 2012), Arthur Rimbaud (Ophélie, 2013), Paul Verlaine (Verlaine au secret, 2014).


Degrees :

2014 : Complementary Master's Degree in Composition (KCB)
2010 : Master's Degree in Composition (CrB)
2010 : Pedagogical Master's degree in Musical Training
2008 : Teacher's Degree in Cello for the Upper Secondary Education
2006 : License Degree in Cello
2003 : First Prize Certificate in Chamber Music
2003 : First Prize Certificate in Cello
2002 : Higher Degree in Specialized Music Theory
2001 : First Prize Certificate in Music Theory

Prizes, distinctions, master classes and residences :

2015 : Laureate at the International Composition Competition 2015 "De Bach au Jazz" for 'Sinueuses d'enluminure'
2015 : Prize at the International Composition Competition of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia for 'Apoptosis'
2015 : Second Prize at the "Egidio Carella - Val Tidone" Composition Competition for 'Imperscrutable Appel'
2014 : Prize of the Royal Academy of Belgium for 'Irruptions, éruptions, interruptions'
2014 : Synthetis (Radziejowice, Poland), International Composition Course
           with Zygmunt Krauze, Paul Patterson, Alessandro Solbiati, Chen Yi and Pawel Hendrich

2014 : Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy)
           International Composition Course (active student) with Salvatore Sciarrino

2014 : Erasmus IP, residence at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest)
2014 : MusMA-Prize for 'Attrait de la mer et des racines'
2014 : Laureate of MusMA - Music Masters on Air
           with the support of the Music Festival of Walloon Brabant
2013 : Residence on the Isle of Comacina (Lake Como, Italy) 
           with the support of the "Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles International"
2013 : Emile Agniez-Prize for 'Ophélie'
2012 : SABAM-Prize for 'Brumalia'
2012 : Laureate of the Composition Contest organized by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - BPO
2012 : Laureate of the Young Composers' Project II by the Composers' Forum
2012 : ARAM, International Composition Course with Peter Swinnen and Dr. Richard Whalley
2012 : Laureate of the SPES Foundation (the Belgian foundation to support creation)
2011 : Laureate of the International Young Composers' Forum TACTUS
2001 : Laureate of the Dexia Classics Contest (chamber music)
2001 : Medal of the Government (chamber music)
1999 : Laureate of the Dexia Classics Contest (cello)
1997 : Prize of the foundation "Musiques pour Etterbeek"

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