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Welcome to the homepage of composer Victor Kioulaphides. This site includes a biographical note, announces upcoming performances, offers a sample of reviews, lists a complete catalog of works, and links to performers and publishers of the composer's works.

Please inquire via email regarding availability of scores, parts, etc.


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Victor Kioulaphides was born in Athens, Greece, in 1961 and moved to New York in 1979. He studied double bass and composition at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music; his composition teachers were Giampaolo Bracali and Ludmila Ulehla; he is a recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Harold Bauer Award.

Member of ASCAP, American Music Center, American Federation of Musicians; published by Hal Leonard Corp., Joachim Trekel Verlag, Liben Music Publishers, Wolfhead Music, the New York Classical Guitar Society, and Fiori Musicali. 

Works have been performed in the U.S. at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, The Salon Theatre, CAMI Hall, Berklee College of Music, et al. International performances in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, Romania, Bolivia, Japan, Russia, Cuba, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Greece. 

Commissions from neXus Arts, Het Consort (Netherlands), the Kammerorchester Riegelsberg (Germany), the New York Classical Guitar Society, Trinity Lutheran / St. Michael's Episcopal Church, The Diller-Quaile School, Davka Dances, and numerous individual performers. 

Faculty member at the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance; former faculty member at the Brooklyn Conservatory. Recipient of annual AscaPlus Awards since 1993, as well as Composer Assistance Program grants from The American Music Center in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2005. Served as adjudicator for Chamber Music America and National Opera Association.


UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

*** August 25-30: Rhapsody for Mandolin and Piano; 44º Festival de plectro de la Rioja (Spain); Natalia Marashova, mandolin; Denis Ivanov, Piano


RECENT RECORDINGS: 

*** Hesse Lieder; Sytse Buwalda, countertenor; Ferdinand Binnendijk, mandolin; Saskia Spinder, guitar (Album title: "Canciones Amatorias")

*** Sonata Marittima; Ferdinand Binnendijk, mandolin; Saskia Spinder, guitar (Album title: "Canciones Amatorias")

*** Violenstraat; Sytse Buwalda, countertenor; Saskia Spinder, guitar (Album title: "Canciones Amatorias")

=> See iTunes link below or search Spotify: Asteria Ensemble

*** Broadway '79: Carlo Aonzo, mandolin; Orchestra of L' Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino; CD title: Mandolin Images

*** Diferencias; Alison Stephens, mandola (Album title: "Souvenirs"); Chandos Records

*** Concerto per orchestra a pizzico, Variations on a Basque Melody (arr. John Craton); Het Consort; Alex Timmerman, Director; CD title: Music for Mandolin Orchestra

*** Antwerp Harbor; Joseph Brent, mandolin; Bridget Kibbey, harp; CD title: Point of Departure

*** Diferencias; Sebastiaan de Grebber, mandolin; CD title: Fantasia Romantica (STEMRA)


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Idillio Sinfonico

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CHAMBER OPERAS:

The Merchants of Nations (1990)

Libretto by the composer after a novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis. One act, three scenes. Soprano, baritone, tenor, actor, strings. Performed privately in 1991.

Ocean Dream (1992)

Libretto by Nancy Rhodes. One act. (Duration: 28 minutes) Two sopranos, strings. Premiered by Encompass Music Theatre, 1997. Revived by California Opera, 2012.

The Unlikely Voyagers ( 1995)

Libretto by the composer, after a Greek folk tale. Children's opera. One act. (Duration: 20 minutes) Four singing characters, narrator, piano or three monophonic instruments. Published internationally by Hal Leonard Corporation; numerous performances worldwide.

Dry Smoke (1998 )

Libretto by Adele Edling Shank. One-act monodrama for mezzo-soprano or contralto, non-speaking male actor, fl, ob, cl, strings; tape (ad lib.) (Duration: 21 minutes) Premiered in concert version in Merkin Concert Hall by the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in 1998.

The Silver Swan (1999)

Libretto by the composer after Homer's Iliad. One act, three scenes. (Duration: 37 minutes) Baritone, mezzo-soprano, soprano, tenor, men's chorus; 2 fl, tbn, hp, pc, strings. Premiered (2005) in Fresno (CA) by the California Opera Association.

The Gilded Cage (2000)

Libretto by Richard Olson. Two acts. (Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes) Mezzo-soprano, baritone, soprano, mixed chorus, strings. Premiered by neXus Arts at the Church of the Transfiguration in 2001.

Medea (2002)

Play by Franz Grillparzer, translated from the German, abridged and adapted by the composer. Three acts. Mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass-baritone, soprano; orchestra. As of yet unperformed.

The Vision of Perpetua (2003)

Libretto by Jeremy Black. One act, three scenes. (Duration: 30 min.) Soprano, mezzo, 3 baritones, tenor, bass-baritone, 3 sopranos; ob, vn, vla, vc, pno, perc. Produced by neXus Arts at the University Settlement, New York City, 2004.

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REVIEWS:

Summer Concerto

Victor Kioulaphides' Summer Concerto, a string piece, was the big hit with the audience with its misterioso pulse, dynamic shifts, subtly flamenco-tinged interlude and allusions to Andalucia and the Middle East.
Lucid Culture / World Press (June 2014)

Ocean Dream

"[the] music is accessible and lush, and draws occasionally on Baroque and Renaissance elements."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"...his score is endlessly nimble and clever. [The composer] has a fine way of supporting his singers without stepping on them and he gives them music that connects them to the audience at every turn."
James L. Paulk, New Music Connoisseur

New York Moments

"Victor Kioulaphides’ New York Moments are so evocative that one can’t help but listen to the city’s sounds in a different way. Even without knowing the title of the second movement—Central Park (Reflections on the Lily Pond)—you’re crossing the Bow Bridge with your lover on a spring day; the eerie melodies of Tugboat on the Hudson (Evanescent in the Morning Fog) have you rubbing your shoulders against the strange beauty of the river at dawn.
CitiArts

The Gilded Cage

"[The] score...is often extremely beautiful... resolutely maintains a stately pace."
William V. Madison, Opera News Online

"Emotionally and poetically fulfilling."
Amsterdam News, New York

Riegelsberg Suite

"Certainly none of the listeners could easily forget the [Riegelsberg] Suite... from the slow Pavane all the way through to the merry Greek final dance- a sound that was lively and stirring but also tender and precious. The audience applauded enthusiastically."
Saarbrücker Zeitung

"Spanish" Suite (for viola & guitar)

"... [The] Suite set the tone... with beauty mixed with intensity of expression."
Paul M. Somers, New Jersey Classical Society Journal 

Hesse Lieder

these songs touch your heart. They not only exude that evening coziness, they also evoke nostalgia, they don't want to say good-bye, and yet they do. The texts themselves are certainly worth reading, and how good it is that they have been set to music by a composer who has been able to live them, perhaps even make them his own!

Klassiek Centraal, Belgium


Idillio Sinfonico


... a perfect ending to a superb evening of music.


Darlington & Stockton Times (UK)


Arrangements:

"Il est né le divin enfant, expertly arranged by Victor Kioulaphides, contained more fine solo contributions— but now with the best choral singing of the evening, as it was tailored perfectly for the boys' range."
New York Concert Review


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SONGS:

Wandrers Nachtlied (Goethe; German) (mzo, 3 vc)
Erinnerung (Huch; German) (c.ten, hp)
Alla mia bella insensibile (Solomós; Italian) (ten, plucked orch)
Five Fragments (Sappho; anc. Greek) (sop, pno) 
First Date (in New York)(English)(f/m duo, pno)
Music to Hear (Shakespeare; English) (sop, gtr)
Mädchenlied (folk; German) (sop, pno)
Liebes-Lied (Rilke; German) (ten, pno)
Herbsttag (Rilke; German) (ten, pno)
Dawn (Mavilis; English) (mzo, pno)
Dusk (Mavilis; English) (mzo, pno) 
Irish Airs (trad. Irish arr.) (ten, hp, str orch)
Lullaby (Mavilis; English) (sop, pno)
Oblivion (Mavilis; English) (sop, pno)  
Portrait of a Child (Four Love Songs; Drosinis; English) (sop, pno) 
Cherries (Four Love Songs; Drosinis; English) (sop, pno) 
Jasmine (Four Love Songs; Drosinis; English) (sop, pno) 
My Arms in Yours (Four Love Songs; Drosinis; English) (sop, pno) 
Seven Ancient Greek Lyrics (various; English) (mzo, mdln)
The Violet (Violenstraat; J. Taylor; English)(c.ten, gtr)
The Violet and the Bee (Violenstraat; J.B. Tabb; English)(c.ten, gtr)
From a Nursery Rhyme Book (Violenstraat; C.G. Rossetti; English)(c.ten, gtr)
Are We Too Far Gone? (English)(voc, piano)
Pienso a veces (Gotas; L.d.Carmen; Spanish)(sop, gtr)
En la maravilla del trópico (Gotas; L.d.Carmen; Spanish)(sop, gtr)
En la noche callada (Gotas; L.d.Carmen; Spanish)(sop, gtr)
Recipe for a Happy Marriage (English)(voc, pno)
Jugendflucht (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Wanderer im Schnee (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Im Nebel (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Ausklang (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Gavotte (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Der Liebende (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Die leise Wolke (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Blauer Schmetterling (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
August (Hesse Lieder; H. Hesse; German)(alt, mdn, gtr)
Ode to Anaktoria (Sapphic Triptych; Sappho; anc. Greek)(sop, gtr)
Ode to Gongyla (Sapphic Triptych; Sappho; anc. Greek)(sop, gtr)
Ode to Selana (Sapphic Triptych; Sappho; anc. Greek)(sop, gtr)

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO:

Canzone trovata (gtr) 
Invenzioni Ariose (hrps)
Preludio (gtr)
Fantasia (gtr)
Toccata (gtr)
Ascoltando l'onde (pno)
Monemvasia (pno)
Sonatina (pno) 
Ricercare (hrps)
Sonatina "Commedia dell' arte" (pno)
Antiphon (org)
Ricercare a tutti i toni (org)
L'Enfant endormi (org)
Victimae Paschali Laudes (org)
The Magi (org)
Minnelied (ob/Eng.hn)
In Jubilo (db)
Diferencias sobre Morenika (mdn)
Idillio (mdn)
El Malecón (mdn)
De Grote Markt (mdn)
Variations on a Basque Melody (mdn) 
Suite for Ali (mdn/8ve-mla)
Preludio Fiorillesco (mdn)
Mimose (gtr)
Après de Bériot (mdn)
Studio a quattro (mdn)
Rip van Winkle Suite (gtr)
Capricho Tropical (mdn)
Sweelinck Variations (mdn)
Carillon Variations (mdn)
Weissiana (gtr)
Piano Preludes for the Young 
L'hirondelle (db)
Vines (Prelude Nº 1)(gtr)

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Autumn (fl, gtr, d.b., perc)
Sur des pensers nouveaux (cl, gtr)
Anatolian Chaconne (vn, pno)
Little Pastorale (vn, pno)
Duettino (vc, d.b.)
Arioso (pno 4-hands)
A Mostly Happy Suite (2 gtrs)
Notturno (fl, gtr, hp)
"Spanish" Suite (cl/vla/mla, gtr) 
Rhapsody (mdn, pno)
Toccata Scarlattiana (2 mdns)
Quartetto Classico Nº 1 "Le Clavecin" (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Quartetto Classico Nº 2 "Bells" (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Quartetto Classico Nº 3 "Manhattan" (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Quartetto Classico Nº 4 "Marzipan" (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Tugboat on the Hudson (pno 4-hands)
Sonata for Viola/Cello and Piano 
Quartetto Classico Nº 5 "Cherry Trees" (2 mdns, mla, mc) 
Quartetto Classico Nº 6 "Journey" (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Concerto da camera (mdln solo, 2 mdns, mla, mc, gt, cb)
Wedding Fanfare (vn, vc) 
Canzona (per Carlo Aonzo) (mdn, gtr)
Christmas Chimes (mdn, 8ve-mdn)
Hues of Dusk (2 mdns, mla, gtr)(alias: str quartet, gtr, db)
Antwerp Harbor (mdn, hp)
Sonata Marittima (mdn, gtr)
Berceuse (8 gtrs)
Toccata (gtr solo, gtr qt)
Jubileum Suite (2 mdns)
Garlands (mdn, db)
Sonata for Flute and Guitar
Piano Trio
Horn Trio (vn, hn, pno)
Rondo Galante (2 mdns)
Clarinet Trio (cl, vc, pno)
Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano
La Monnerie (mdn, pno)
Seagulls over the East River (2 mdns, gtr)
Sonata Seicento (2 mdns, gtr)
Mojita (mdn, db)
Desires are already memories (mdn, gtr)
Quartet for Mandolin and String Trio 
Campanelle (2 mdns, mla, mc)
Petite Suite (vla, bn)
Rossiniana (vc, pno)

ORCHESTRAL WORKS:

Preludio Sinfonico (orch)
Concertino (pno, ch. orch)
Chamber Suite (single ww, str)
Guitar Concerto (gtr, ch. orch)
Icons (lg orch)
Violin Concerto (in progress)
Concerto per orchestra a pizzico (mdn/gtr orch.)
Riegelsberg Suite (str. orch)
Idillio Sinfonico (str. orch)
Sinfonia-Overtura Nº 5 (N. Mántzaros) (arr.) (mdn/gtr orch.)
Broadway '79 (2 mdns, mdn orch)
Passacaglia pizzicata (3 mdns, mc)
Sinfonia a pizzico (mdn/gtr orch.)
Purcelliana (mdn/str orch.)
Mandolin Concerto (single ww, tpt, str)
Like a Dream... (mdn, str orch)
Perípatos (mdn/gtr orch.)
New York Moments (ch. orch.)
Summer Concerto (vn, str orch.)
Cinderella's Dream (vn, str orch.)
Follia Piazzollesca (mdn/gtr orch.)


BALLET/DANCE MUSIC:

La Giara (solo vla, gtr, str)

CHORAL WORKS:

Sedit Angelus (motet; Latin)(SATB)
Virga Jesse floruit (motet; Latin) (SATB)
Magnum misterium (motet; Latin) (SATB)
Missa Graeca (mass; Latin) (SATB)
Hymns & Hopes (cantata; English) (SATB, children)
Tristis est (motet; Latin) (SATB)
O Give Thanks (anthem; English) (2-part, org)
In His Hand (anthem; English) (2-part, org)
Ego sum (anthem; Latin) (SA, hp)
Al ware het (motet; Dutch)(SATB)

VOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC:

Madrigals (S1,S2,A,T,B) (Solomós; Italian)
"Madrigali spirituali e amorosi"

Sorge la notte
La rosa
La Risurrezione
Pellegrini augeletti
Il Paradiso
Se non conosci
Presta, colomba mia
All'ombra al fin
Tutto parla di Dio
Quando la notte
Or che ride la terra
Quando più

ARRANGEMENTS:

Ionian Mandolinata (mdn, gtr) (2 mdns)
Athenian Mandolinata (mdn, gtr) 
Aegean Mandolinata (mdn, gtr) 
Passione Amorosa (G. Bottesini) (2 mdns, gtr)
Sinfonia-Overtura Nº 5 (N. Mántzaros) (mdn, gtr) 
Sinfonia-Overtura Nº 2 (N. Mántzaros ) (mdn, gtr) 
Sentimentalia (Songs from Belle Epoque Athens) (mdn, gtr) 
Echoes of Magna Graecia (mdn, gtr) 
Zakynthian Mandolinata (mdn, gtr) 
Mandolinata (5 parts ad lib.)
Cantique de Jean Racine (G. Fauré)(plucked orch)
Roses of Rhodes (mdn, gtr)
Il est ne le divin enfant (children's ch, 2 ob, hp, tamb)
Ave Maria (C.Franck)(children's ch, str qnt)
Sonata K.87 (Scarlatti)( 2mdns, mla, mc/gtr)
Variaties "Mein junges Leben" (Sweelinck)( 2mdns, mla, mc/gtr)
Sonata K. 430 (Scarlatti)( 2mdns, mla, mc/gtr)
Sonatas K. 32 & K. 9 (Scarlatti)(plucked orch)


Canciones Amatorias CD (iTunes)

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Encompass Opera Theatre

California Opera

Perpetua

The Gilded Cage (Scene 1)

The Gilded Cage (Scene 4)

Joseph Brent

Carlo Aonzo

Alison Stephens

Diferencias

Chris Acquavella

Rhapsody

Trekel

Nancy Loesch

Tamara Volskaya

John Craton

Scherman Library

Concerto da camera (1st mvmt)

Concerto da camera (2nd mvmt)

Concerto da camera (3rd mvmt)

Riegelsberg Suite

Amas Musical Theatre

Tove Flensborg

Duo Fresco

La Napolitaine

Ralf Leenen

Passione Amorosa

Alon Sariel

Providence Mandolin Orchestra

Kenneth Overton

Wilma Wever

In Jubilo

Kalamazoo Mandolin Orchestra

Alex Timmerman

Ancient Greek Lyrics

Hendrik van den Broek

Toccata Scarlattiana

Zwolle Quartet

La Giara (concert version)

La Giara (ballet)

Het Consort

Concerto a pizzico

Hues of Dusk

Sebastiaan de Grebber

Rhapsody

Ruth Rouw

Ionian Mandolinata

Ferdinand Binnendijk

Studio Fiorillesco

Free Downloads

Mandolinatas

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

The Unlikely Voyagers

Adele Shank

Neil Gladd

El Malecón

Suite for Ali (Prelude)

Mimose II (Timmerman)

Mimose III (Timmerman)

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