Evangelia Rigaki was born in Volos, Greece. The majority of her recent compositions aspire to a versatile music theatre, whereby small groups of singers, actors and instrumentalists, work in close collaboration in defined spaces, with music, words and lights intertwining in dynamic ways.
She holds a PhD in Composition from Royal Holloway, University of London (under Philip Cashian and Tansy Davies). In 2008 she enjoyed a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin, awarded by the European Network for Musicological Research (ENMR). She was an SPNM Shortlisted Composer (2006 – 2009).
Evangelia participated in and presented her work at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music (IMD, 2006 & 2008), Jerwood Opera Writing Programme (2007, under Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Giorgio Battistelli) and, currently, the 2010 VOX2 Opera Writing Programme at the Royal Opera House. She has attended seminars and lessons with Sam Hayden, George Aperghis, Manos Tsangaris, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Andriana Holsky, Judith Weir and Judith Bingham.
Recent performers of her work are the BBC Singers, EXAUDI, Chroma Ensemble, Damien Harron, Rolf Hind, David Alberman, Stuart King, Danae Stefanou, Richard Alston Dance Company, Darren Ellis Dance Company and Opera Studio Minailo. Among other venues, her works have been performed at the Operadagen Rotterdam Festival, the Opera of Thessaloniki, Aldeburgh, the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, the Darmstadt Studio Concert Series, Cheltenham Festival and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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