Katerina Stamatelos: Biography.



This page presents two versions of Katerina's biography: a short one, useful for inserting into concert program notes, and a longer one. This latter form contains detailed information about her education, degree programs completed, classes enrolled, awards, concerts, and teaching experience.




Biography. Condensed.

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, 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 CompetitionAward (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).

Her most recent compositions 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 is soon to be released on CD.

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.






Biography. Extended.

The following text comprises an extended biography: it includes specific information concerning Katerina's education, awards, performances, teaching experience, and professional memberships.

Biography. Education. Degree Programs. Classes.

Katerina Stamatelos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Piano performance education: studies 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).

Composition education: studies with Michael Eckert, David Gompper, Lawrence Fritts, and Jeremy Dale Roberts (The University of Iowa).

Composition master classes attended: Theodore Antoniou, Robert Platz, and Beat Furrer (The University of Iowa).

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).

Biography. Awards.

Katerina Stamatelos has received the following awards:

A full tuition scholarship and assistantship for PhD studies in 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)

A Panhellenic Piano Competition Award (Pireus, 1970).

Biography. Performances.

Katerina Stamatelos's 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 Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki).

Her most recent compositions 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 is soon to be released on CD.

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.


Biography. Teaching.

2005-2006: Teaching Assistant. The University of Iowa School of Music.

1996-2000: Graduate Fellow. The University of Iowa School of Music.

1990-1996: Piano Professor. Music College of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1989-1990: Piano Professor. Synchronon Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

1988-1989: Piano Professor. Synchronon Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Makedonikon Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

1986-1987: Piano Professor. Makedonikon Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

1985-1986: Teaching Assistant. Department of music,Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

1983-1984: Piano Professor. Neon Odeon of Thessaloniki.

1980-1982: Piano Professor. Vritsiou School of Music, Thessaloniki.

1977-1980: Piano Pofessor. Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria (Musikschule "Margareten").


Biography. Professional Memberships.

Katerina Stamatelos is an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda Society, ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers), and GCU (Greek Composers Union).


Influences on Katerina Stamatelos's Artistic Output

Below, you will find a list of my influences: if it appears too long or too "diverse", this is simply because this is how I am! I have always had a real difficulty in concentrating on just the "right" influences, meaning the narrow specter of what is expected as professional influence. I would describe myself as an ever-evolving curious "kid", being fascinated by ideas from here and there-as they arise! Lastly, I will try (in due time) to discuss each one of them separately, especially in relationship to the influence of these giants, as I have personally felt it on my work.


Johann Sebastian Bach, Bela Bartok, Alban Berg, Luciano Berio, Lugwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Janni Christou, George Crumb, Peter Maxwell Davis, Claude Debussy, Josquin Deprez, Leopold Godowsky, Orlando di Lasso, Gyorgy Sandor Ligeti, Ferenc Liszt, Witold Lutoslawski, Gustav Mahler, Olivier Messiaen, Modest Mussorgsky, Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sergey Prokofiev, Ariel Ramirez, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin, Pyotr Ilyitch Tshaikovsky, Edgard Varese, Hugo Wolf, Iannis Xenakis.

Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Cimabue, Leonardo Da Vinci, Otto Dix, James Ensor, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Giotto, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Joan Miro, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Phidias, Jackson Pollock, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Egon Schiele.

Luis Barragan, Basil Al-Bayati, Santiago Calatrava, Antonio Gaudi, Frank Gehry, Walter Gropius, Iktinos, Imhotep, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Kallikratis, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,Rudolph Steiner, Frank Lloyd Wright, Iannis Xenakis.

Archimedes, Democritus, Embedocles, Albert Einstein, Epicurus, Euclid, Werner Karl Heisenberg, Heraclitus, Pythagoras.


Aristophanes, Henri Bergson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Carlos Castaneda, Agatha Christie, T.S. Eliot, Odysseas Elytis, Paul Eluard, Eurypides, Lawrence Durrell, Nicolai Gogol, Henry James, Martin Heidegger, Hermann Hesse, Nazim Hikmet, Homer, Henrik Ibsen, Nikos Kazantzakis, Vladimir Mayakowsky, Friedriech Nietzsche, Harold Pinter, Plato, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Paul Sartre, Socrates, Sri Aurobindo.

Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, Nikos Koundouros.

Erte, Coco Chanel, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld.