After winning the Impuls competition, his piece “Kama” premiered in Impuls Festival 2017, performed by Klangforum Wien and Enno Poppe. In collaboration with Oper(o) the music-theatre work “Orpheo” was premiered in the Greek National Opera. He has collaborated with musicians such as the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, Ensemble Nikel, DissonArt Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Momenta Queartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Klang Ensemble, Bas Wiegers, Thanasis Deligiannis, Nikos Ioakeim, Nikos Galenianos and Katerina Konstantourou. His music has been performed in venues or Festivals like the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij Amsterdam [NL], Athens Concert Hall [GR], Mata Festival NYC [USA], Gaudeamus Music Week [NL], Onassis Cultural Centre [GR], Greek National Opera [GR], Korzo Theatre The Hague [NL] etc.
He is the artistic director of the new music ensemble ΤΕΤΤΤΙΞ, which he founded in 2017 together with fellow composers and musicians.
As a singer/performer, he focuses on challenging and demanding singing and music-theatre works, including “Kassandra” by Iannis Xenakis and “Anaparastasis I” by Jani Christou, as well as modal singing of the Medieval and Renaissance era. He has performed together with the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, ASKO Kammerkoor, the Ballata Ensemble, the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek National Choir. Additionally, he participated in several premieres by young composers or artists of other disciplines. In 2013 Karyn Benquet invited him to the Nederlands Dans Theater, for her choreography “Ensuing” where he sung and improvised on stage. In 2014 he was invited by the School of Arts – Ghent Conservatory [BE] to perform and teach Christou’s work as part of the Week of Contemporary Music 2014.
Michalis was born in Athens in 1980. After studying and working in graphic design for several years, he switched to composition at a fairly late age. In Athens he studied with Costas Varotsis and in 2009 he was accepted in the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. During his bachelor and master studies there his teachers were Yannis Kyriakides, Martijn Padding, Cornelis de Bondt and Diderik Wagenaar. He also had masterclasses wih Christian Wolff, Klaus Lang and Mark Andre. At the same time he studied classical singing with Manon Heynes and medieval chant and polyphony with Rebecca Stewart.