CULTURE

Young composer wins one more distinction

Another distinction has been added to the list of awards received by students of Aristotle University’s Music Studies Department in the field of composition. Stelios Dimou, 21, a third-year student at the Thessaloniki university, received an award at the 7th Panhellenic Chamber Music Competition, organized by the Association of Friends of Greek Scholarly Music, which took place at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation recently, on January 14 and 15. His composition «Iridismoi» (Iridescences), a piano quintet with a dramatic plot and emotional crescendos, received the musician’s award out of an overall 58 entries. This is not the first time that Dimou’s work has been awarded for his composition. So far, the student has received a number of distinctions in composition competitions, both nationally and internationally. Previous awards Last year, he received the first prize at the Synthermeia International Competition of Composition, which was held at the Thermi Cultural Center in Thessaloniki, for his work «Shadows.» He also won third place in the third composition competition held at the Athens Concert Hall, while in 2008 his work «The Unexpected» took second prize at the international Ton de Leeuw 2008 competition for young composers in Albania. «Composition is something I discovered when I entered university and started working nonstop. I like creating, but I think that I mostly owe the awards to the good guidance and the high caliber of studies at university,» said Dimou, who so far has written about 11 chamber music works, most of which have won distinctions at competitions. Future prospects Dimou’s university professor Christos Samaras describes him as a talented and hardworking musician with high standards and great accomplishments. «He is a disciplined and methodical musician. I believe he will make it on the international stage.»