Maria Kaoutzani, composer

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Maria Kaoutzani is a composer from Limassol, Cyprus, currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She is a member of the composers collective Kinds of Kings, a collective that focuses on supporting and advocating for underrepresented voices. Upcoming projects include working with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on a concerto for  the Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, as well as two artist residencies at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and at ArtFarm.

An American Prize winner, Maria has participated and been featured in several projects and festivals, including Chicago Speaks” with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Loretto Project with the Longleash Trio, New Music on the Point, VIPA and others. Maria’s past teachers include i Augusta Reed Thomas, Anthony Cheung, Sam Pluta, Lei Liang and George Lewis, among others. Inspired by them, she enjoys teaching her craft and has taught composition at the University of Chicago, and has given workshops at elementary schools as part of an initiative by the Civic Orchestra.

Maria began her music studies in the UK, receiving her bachelors degree from the University of York. She later came to the United States to attend New York University, where she earned her Master of Music degree in music theory and composition. Her musical influences include Kaija Saariaho, György Ligeti, and Tania León, and the music of her home country.