“His proclivity for both monumental and historic performances is well known, but with his latest Project, 32-year-old Marios Joannou Elia, once again, exceeds all limits.”

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Marios Joannou Elia - Portrait by Tatiana Khodova


Encompassing Contemporary Concert Music, Opera, Multimedia and Cultural Events 
Marios Joannou Elia (1978) has surpassed the customary boundaries of contemporary music to become the first composer whose singular work, the open air multimedia symphony AUTOSYMPHONIC (2010-11), was performed in front of a live audience of 20,000 people, achieving 55 million television viewers and two billion media contacts worldwide. In addition, he served as artistic director for this large-scale production. His work encompasses compositions in many diverse genres and backdrops for opera and modern concert including multimedia and eminent projects for cultural events. The central concept of this work, The Concept of Polymediality (2003), is based on a qualitative polymediality that is comprised of two dimensions: the work-immanent compositional dimension and polymediality (alongside all the associated media) during the process of staging.
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Marios Joannou Elia - Official launch of Sound of Kyoto at the wonderful Ballroom of Kyoto Art Center.

Artist Talk and Press Conference in Japan

Kyoto Art Centre, 28 September, 18:00 

An artist talk and press conference with the participation of the executive manager of Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation, Kaori Nakatani, and the director and composer of “Sound of Kyoto”, Marios Joannou Elia, will take place on September 28, at 6 p.m. – at the Ballroom of Kyoto Art Centre. [Read More]


City of Vladivostok honors Marios Joannou Elia for his symphonic work

7 International Awards within 7 Months in Russia

Honoured by the Government of Primorye and the City of Vladivostok

“Cypriot composer and director Marios Joannou Elia is notching up one success after another in Russia where he has received seven awards for his artistic contribution and work since January. In June, Elia was the honoured guest at a festival ‘Man and the Sea’ organised by Russian State TV at Vladivostok where he received the festival’s prize for ‘Sound of Vladivostok’.” [Breaking all Award Winning Records] [Cypriot Composer shines in Russia]



Marios Joannou Elia's premieres of

Two Premieres in Carinthia, Austria

Schloss Porcia, Spittal an der Drau, 24 November, 17:00

Elia has been commissioned by the International Society for Contemporary Music – Austrian Section to compose two pieces: “Curetes” for brass quintet and “Gallop” for soprano recorder, accordion, violoncello and marimba. Their premieres will take place at EXPAN 2018 – Schloss Porcia. [Read More]



for soprano, tenor, choir and symphony orchestra | Primorskaya Philharmonic 

Commissioned by Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic Society; in honour of the cruiser Varyag and Russia’s Pacific Fleet; dedicated to the City of Vladivostok. 

Soloists of Mariinsky Theatre and Primorskaya Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Academic Choir of Far Eastern Federal University (cond. Elena Petukhova), Conductor – People’s Artist of Russia Anatoliy Smirnov.

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over 560 musicians and 40 institutions participating

“Sound of Kyoto” is a contemporary acoustic portrait of the Japanese city. The entire Kyoto is the scenery and the stage on which the music is performed and the city’s “own” voice is heard. Several institutions take part – like City of Kyoto, Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation, Kyoto Art Centre, De Sisti Italy, Roland, Sony, and V-Moda. It is supported by the Agency of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan. Elia composes and directs the project, which is currently in production. [Website] [Facebook]

The involvement of musicians, music groups, artists from all different disciplines and genres, artist collectives, recording engineers, institutions, academies, schools, businesses, etc. is an important aspect of the project. In other words, “Sound of Kyoto” aims to mobilize the entire city, its citizens, its musical and artistic potential. [Call for Participation]

Sound of Kyoto by Marios Joannou Elia




“the world’s first audiovisual portrait of a city” (Interfax Russia)

Founded in 1860 as a military post, Vladivostok, Russia’s gateway to Asia in the Far East, has a turn-of-the-century charm. After it had been cut off from the rest of Russia and the world for decades, to protect the Pacific Fleet, the ending of the Cold War allowed the city to open in 1992.

Ranging from the modern landmark of the city, the Zolotoy Bridge, to the tiny musician’s apartment reminiscent of Soviet era and the Tokarevsky Lighthouse at the end of the world where the land ends and the Japan Sea begins; the entire city is the scenery and the stage on which the music is performed and the city’s voice is heard.

Seasonal changes affect the acoustic and visual scenery of the city, especially from winter to spring. The project’s recordings were made in severe weather conditions of up to -15º Celsius at the frozen surface of Peter the Great Gulf and hazardous situations across the icy sea and at the prow of a moving naval vessel.

A wide variety of musicians take part, amongst others, a theremin player, a rapper, eight conductors and 13 music groups encompassing a symphony orchestra, a brass band, Russian traditional instruments, diverse percussion ensembles and choirs. In addition, recorded sounds that represent the distinctive character of the city are harmonically incorporated into the music. [Website] [Instagram] [Facebook]

Sound of Vladivostok by Marios Joannou Elia


Marios Joannou Elia: Sound of Vladivostok, Navy Snare Drum Squad


Marios Joannou Elia: Sound of Vladivostok, Peter Theremin, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Installation: Michiko Tsuda (Photo: Kostis Nikolas)

Marios Joannou Elia: Sound of Vladivostok, FEFU Academic Choir, Elena Petukhova (Photo: Полина Рыжая)


Elia is considered in the music world to be the man for monumental events.

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Marios Joannou Elia Guinness World Record Matryomin


new work for celebrating the 100th anniversary of Theremin’s invention

The Japanese company Mandarin Electron commissioned Marios Joannou Elia to compose a new work for the ensemble of matryomins. Its first performance took place on the day of the attempt to establish a new Guinness World Record for the largest ensemble of matryomins in the world. Matryomin is a kind of theremin – a Russian matryoshka, in the case of which the antenna that controls the height of sound is hidden.

The event with the participation of 289 matryomin players took place on 14 September 2019, in Kobe, Japan.
The composition of Marios Joannou Elia was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the invention of the theremin, created by the Russian inventor Léon Theremin. It was also performed at a memorable concert in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama under the direction of Masami Takeuchi, with the participation of Léon Theremin’s great-grandson, head of the Russian Theremin School, Peter Theremin. The events are initiated by Mandarin Electron in cooperation with the Japanese Theremin School and Russian Theremin School. [Read More] [Theremin News]



commissioned by Pannon Philharmonic

Pannon Philharmonic commissioned Elia a new trumpet concerto for the “Day of the City of Pécs” – for trumpet solo, symphony orchestra and choir. It will be premiered on September 1, 2021 at the Kodály Centre in Pécs – Peter Solymosi (trumpet), Pannon Philharmonic, University of Pécs Choir (cond. Tamás Lakner), cond. András Vass.



Marios Joannou Elia composes a trumpet concerto for the





for large symphony orchestra and humanoid

Osaka – A modern city in which humans and robots develop a symbiotic relationship. A large symphony orchestra consisting of 115 musicians will perform the music: 6-7-6-4 / 9-5-4-2 / 5 / 20-12-16-13-6.

Looking back, an analogous relationship appeared in Osaka in the beginning of 17thcentury. There was a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre called Bunraku (Ningyō jōruri) in which three humans and a puppet had been ‘hybridized’. The main puppeteer (omozukai) used his right hand to control the right hand of the puppet, the left puppeteer (hidarizukai) manipulated the left hand and the third one (ashizukai) operated the feet and legs.

The project involves the present architectural character of Osaka with its high-rise buildings. At the same time, it envisions the futuristic symbiosis of robots and humans (e.g. part of the orchestra and choir perform in a modern space and laboratory in the presence and interaction with robotic figures and performers (androids, geminoids, etc.).  

The production is in progress; it will be completed within 2021. Commissioned by Osaka University Symphony Orchestra for the City of Osaka.








A Polytope of a musicotheatrical performance in Vienna

TELENAUTEN – the continuation of AQUANAUTEN (2007) – is performed in three different locations at the same time, starring six actors – in the wagon 16 of Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrand) at Prater Park, an office in the tallest building of Austria, the DC Towers, and a scientific research laboratory. It is a commission of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Polyästhetische Erziehung. The work includes hardware (especially old typewriters and modern keyboards as percussion apparatuses) and visual media. 

Wir lernen derzeit gegenüber der elektronischen Hypergeschwindigkeit der Datenverarbeitung auch die Trägheit neu zu schätzen, gegenüber der universellen Beweglichkeit und Veränderbarkeit in den Medienwelten die Widerständigkeit und Unveränderlichkeit des Natürlichen, oder gegenüber dem freien Spiel der Information das Beharren des Konkreten, und gegenüber dem Schweben der Bilder die Massivität der Materie. Im Kontrast zur elektronischen Wiederholbarkeit gewinnt die Einmaligkeit neu an Wert. Die elektronische Omnipräsenz und das Universum der virtuellen Möglichkeiten erzeugen die Sehnsucht nach einer anderen Präsenz, nach der unwiederholbaren Präsenz des hic et nunc, nach dem singulären Ereignis.

Actors: Matthias Stangl, Benjamin Petermichl, Arnold Wilfing, Cornelia Schultz, Johanna Klugsberger, Stefanie Fondi | Text: Wolfgang Welsch („Blickwechsel“ (2012), with the editorial permission of the publisher Philipp Reclam, Stuttgart/ Ditzingen) | Rehearsal Assistance:  Gerhard Hofbauer | Vocal Training: Colleen Rae Holmes | Hardware Ensemble: Christian Munk | Visualisation: Elena Romenkova | Film Shooting: Kostis Nikolas | Sound: Nick Elia | Direction: Marios Joannou Elia. With the support of the Austrian Ministry of Education, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and Open Acting Academy, Vienna.


TELENTAUTEN by Marios Joannou Elia at Vienna's Giant Wheel

TELENTAUTEN by Marios Joannou Elia at Vienna's Giant Wheel



“To mark the 450th anniversary of Poschinger Glasmanufaktur, the internationally renowned composer Marios Joannou Elia has created the film “Run” – a piece intended as a metaphor for molten glass. As part of the production, guitarist Yvonne Zehner interpreted Elia’s composition in Passau Opera House, while the poetic visual elements of the film were shot in the historical kiln hall of the Poschinger Glasmanufaktur in Frauenau. 

Kostis Nikolas was responsible for the 4K video shoot, while Maximilian Maier from the Tonstudio Audiomax oversaw the audio. The “Run” teaser has already been released, and the film will be shown in its entirety at the Freiherr von Poschinger Glasmanufaktur to mark the glassworks’ landmark anniversary year. Yvonne Zehner will perform Elia’s composition live at the event. The date of the film premiere will be announced well ahead of time.” [Read More] [Mehr Lesen]




published by Schott Music

During the composition of “Strophes” (2003), in which the architectonic features of a high-tech factory influenced various parameters of the work such as the production of sounds, Marios Joannou Elia developed the concept of polymediality. This involved two dimensions: the work-immanent compositional dimension and polymediality in the process of staging. The prefix poly denotes a qualitative paradigm shift; not a quantitative much, but a qualitative, polyaesthetic more. Written between 2007 and 2010 as a commentary focused on his opera “Die Jagd” (2008) and the orchestral piece “Akanthai” (2009), this book illuminates Elia’s concept of polymediality and, by providing a wealth of examples, how literary sources become an inherent polymedial element of his music. At the same time, the commentary elucidates a series of fundamental aspects of the music, including the model of imitative interaction, the concept of permanent fleetingness, the concept of polyaesthestics, and the question of musics-literary intermediality.

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Marios Joannou Elia: The Concept of Polymediality, Schott Music, Mainz, 2017


“Ο Κωνσταντίνος Κακαβελάκης συνομιλεί με τον πολυβραβευμένο Κύπριο συνθέτη Μάριο Ιωάννου Ηλία για θέματα που αφορούν την πορεία της μουσικής του δημιουργίας. Tη χρήση πολυμέσων μέσα από μια πολυαισθητική σύλληψη και αντίληψη με αφορμή την έκδοση μιας σχετικής μελέτης του στο γερμανικό μουσικό εκδοτικό οίκο Schott αλλά και τη συνεργασία του με τη διεθνή εταρεία πολυαισθητικής αγωγής στο Τεχνολογικό Ινστιτούτο του St. Pölten στην Αυστρία. Η προσαρμογή σύγχρονων μηχανικών ήχων σε μεγαλύτερες συνθετικές λειτουργικές ενότητες απασχολεί τον Μ.Ι.Η μέσα από μια συνέργεια ανάδειξης των στοιχείων που προβάλλουν τις πολλαπλές διαστάσεις της ανθρώπινης δραστηριότητας και στο πεδίο των μηχανικών λειτουργιών και της ήχησης των ίδιων των υλικών και τον κυρίαρχο ρόλο που λαμβάνουν προοδευτικά μέσα στην καθημερινότητα. Όχι μονάχα μέσα από μια ανώδυνη μεταφουτουριστική αναδιοργάνωση αλλά μέσα από την ανάδειξη της ίδιας της τραγικότητας των αντιθέσεων αυτών των μέσων σε σχέση με την ανθρώπινη εναπόθεση των ελπίδων σε μία σύγκλιση μηχανικού και φυσικού κόσμου μπροστά στη γενικευμένη κρίση της ανθρώπινης συμφιλίωσης και διεπικοινωνίας με το φυσικό περιβάλλον. Η δημιουργία ηχητικών μωσαϊκών των πόλεων είναι μια πιο πρόσφατη δημιουργική ενασχόληση του Μ.Ι.Η που ξεκίνησε με την πόλη του Βλαδιβοστόκ και συνεχίζεται με την πόλη του Κυότο. Συνθέτει διαφορετικές ηχητικές εκφράσεις των πόλεων, μουσικά σύνολα, οργανισμούς, τοπία, μεμονωμένους ανθρώπους, μηχανικά επιτεύγματα προς μια συνολικότερη συνλειτουργία, που αποτυπώνεται μέσα από τα διαφορετικά γεγονότα σε μια κινηματογραφική ενότητα. Ο Μ.Ι.Η μας εξηγεί τον τρόπο εργασίας του και καταθέτει τις σκέψεις αποκαλύπτοντας επίσης την μακρόχρονη ενασχόλησή του για τη δημιουργία ενός έργου αφιερωμένου στη σύγχρονη Κυπριακή τραγωδία.”

Russia-1 TV, VestiPrim, Interview with Olga Arteomova.
Hellenic Parliament TV, Interview with Konstantinos D. Kakavelakis.




commissioned by Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus

“Elia composed an oratorio dedicated to the mothers of missing persons which will premiere on July 20, 2021 at the Presidential Palace. The composer told the Cyprus News Agency that his work “highlights and illuminates in an innovative and creative way not only timeless values but also the cultural universality of our country, as well as motherhood as a universal symbol.”

He said that for Cyprus and internationally it was a historic event, “as this kind of authentic artistic aesthetic and content is presented for the first time on the island and hopes to leave its mark.”

The main contributors are the Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Education, the cultural services and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Archbishopric, the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus and the European University of Cyprus.” (Cyprus Mail) [Read in Greek] [Read in English]



Marios Joannou Elia Weeping Madonnas Presidential Palace

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