Spyros Syrmos is an award – winning Composer based in Athens. His work include orchestral and chamber music, opera, film music, ballet, sound art installations and traditional music arrangements from south Italy.
Spyros was born in Athens.
He studied guitar with Kostas Grigoreas at the National Conservatory of Athens and with John Mills and Eleftheria Kotzia at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he gained the PGdip in performance.
He also had Lute lessons with Nikos Panagiotidis in Athens and Mathew Nisbet in Wales as a second study.
He continued studies in composition with Ioannis Metallinos in Athens and Peter Reynolds at the contemporary music departement of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he gained the PGdip in Composition.
Operatic Novices make their mark
OPERA – “The Blank Canvas”
“He won the “Flourish Opera competition 2013”.
Premiered at the King’s Head Theatre in London in 31st August 2014.
FILM MUSIC – “Bright”
In 2021 he completed the score for the film “Bright” directed by Samuel R. Gibson and produced by Electradome Pictures in the US.
London Shorts Film Festival Nominee “Best Short Drama“
Bright will release November, 11th 2021 exclusively at Louisville’s International Festival of Film
“Evocative and unsettling” The Guardian
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM SOUTH ITALY
After many years of studying the music of South Italy, under the motivation and supervision of his close friend Vangelis Haramis (Sociologist/musician/Universtita di Salerno) he has arranged a large number of traditional songs and music, giving them a “nowadays” perspective as well as he has composed several pieces inspired by this music. The group ANTIDOTUM TARANTULAE of which Spyros was a principal member, had performed often at festivals and music theaters in Greece.
Reviews – Interviews – Links
Spyros Syrmos: Opera, the meeting point of all the arts
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Σπύρος Σύρμος, ο Ελληνας που έγραψε νέα όπερα για το Λονδίνο
Συνέντευξη στη Βασιλική Χρυσοστομίδου
LIST OF WORKS
3 Inventions (for piano solo)
A Brawny Tree (for reed quintet)
Fast Forward (for string quartet)
Habanera (for clarinet quartet)
Habanera (for piano trio)
Tres La Lune… (for piano, violoncello and flute)
The Adventure of an Exhibit (for double bass, bassoon and violoncello)
K.P.I.S.N. (for two violins and violoncello)
Milonga para un Amante Uruguayo (for piano and flute)
Mid Winter’s Summerdream (for violonello and piano)
Honoris Causa (for violoncello and piano)
Persistent Galiard (for violoncello and harpsichord)
Soneto de separacao (for voice and piano) Poetry by Vinicius de Moraes
Βάο, Γάο, Δάο (for voice and piano) Poetry by Napoleon Lapathiotis
Trilce (for voice and guitar) Poetry by Cesar Vallejo
Night Flight – In the Time Zone
The Road from Colonus
The Blank Canvas (libretto by Fay Wrixon)
Bright (directed by Samuel R. Gibson)
Ballet Camouflage (for violoncello solo and electronics)
Waving Trees (electroacoustic)
Beyond Everything (electroacoustic)
3 Διηγήματα (3 short stories, text by Vania Syrmou)
Antidotum Tarantulae – Sed Nove (traditional music from south Italy)
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