Georges Aperghis

(1945 - )

Georges Aperghis was born in Athens in 1945. He lives and writes in Paris since 1963. His work is notably characterized by a questioning about languages and the meaning. His compositions, whether instrumental, vocal or for the stage, explore the borders of the intelligible, he likes to create twisted tracks which allow him to keep active the listener (stories emerge but are suddenly refuted).

Aperghis’s music is not strictly linked to any dominant musical aesthetics of the contemporary musical creation but follows on his century by a dialogue with other forms of art and an extreme open-mindedness to intellectual, scientific and social fields.

This otherness is combined with innovation when he includes electronics, video, machines, automatons or robots to his performances. Aperghis works closely with group of interpreters who are entirely part of the creative process. They are comedians (Edith Scob, Michael Lonsdale, Valérie Dréville, Jos Houben), instrumentalists (Jean-Pierre Drouet, Richard Dubelski, Geneviève Strosser, Nicolas Hodges, Uli Fussenegger) or vocalists (Martine Viard, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Lionel Peintre). From the 90’s he shared new artistic collaborations with dance (Johanne Saunier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) and visual arts (Daniel Lévy, Kurt D’Haeseleer, Hans Op de Beeck). The main European contemporary music ensembles have developed a working relationship with Aperghis through settled commissions that are now part of their repertory (Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Remix,  Musikfabrik, Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain, Vocalsolisten, the SWR choir).

Recently Georges Aperghis received the Mauricio Kagel Prize in 2011 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement—Venise Biennale Musica 2015. The BBVA Foundation Award “Frontiers of Knowledge” goes to Georges Aperghis in 2016  (category contemporary music).