“20,000 spectators enthusiastically celebrated the one-hour world premiere of the work” 

Die Welt






December 12, 2016

December 8, 2016

DECEMBER 4, 2016

Hints-of-Life, Nikolas-Kostis, Rebecca-Bathory, Nick-Elia,-Marios-Joannou-Elia


documentary film to be screened 2017

This documentary film is a testament to the enigmatic world of fine-art photographer Rebecca Bathory, who is an urban explorer and documenter of strange and abandoned spaces that exist across Europe, hidden from the general public. Directed by Kostis Nikolas, with music by Nick Elia and additional music by Marios Joannou Elia. [Read More]



at Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok

Elia is invited as the first-ever Composer-in-Residence at the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok. During March 2017 he will give lectures, master-classes, and collaborate with important music groups and art institutions of the city.


Ehrbarsaal Vienna Marios Joannou Elia 2017


at Ehrbar Saal

Elia’s ALGOS will be premièred by pianist Luigi Manta on November 23, 2017 at the Viennese Palais Ehrbar, Ehrbar Saal.

December 1, 2016

November 10, 2016

NOVEMBER 4, 2016


award ceremony in Annecy, France

As a past winner of Prix Russolo, together with Nick Elia, Marios belongs to the international jury of this competition, dedicated to all artistic forms with focus on electronic new media. The winners will be announced on December 17 in FabriC, Annecy. [Read More]


Marios Joannou Elia's Premieres at Antwerpen Gitaar Festival


at Antwerpen Gitaar Festival 2016

Elia’s MANEUVER and SOLILOQUY will have their Belgium premières by Yvonne Zehner at Antwerpen Gitaar Festival – at Cultuurcentrum Deurne, on November 20 (Future Hope concert).   


Marios Joannou Elia and Mikis Theodorakis  (Photo © Kostis Films)


with Mikis Theodorakis in Athens

Marios is the protagonist of a new Greek-German documentary film directed by Asteris Kutulas, together with Eleftherios Veniadis. It is dedicated to the symphonic and operatic work of Mikis Theodorakis, something that happens for the first time. Marios speaks about his work as a 21st-century composer and raises new insights and questions about Theodorakis’s work. The substance of the discussion held was in the framework Quo Vadis Greek classical music. The film is expected to be screened in 2017. [Read Article] [Read Interview 1] [Read Interview 2]


OCTOBER 20, 2016

October 5, 2016

october 1, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia - Perspectives of New Music


book publication on sale

“Marios Joannou Elia is regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the younger generation”. The American academic journal “Perspectives of New Music”, edited by Benjamin Boretz, Robert Morris and John Rahn, honours Marios with an article dedicated to his guitar music written by Vera Grund.  [Buy Book]


Review of Staubzucker by Marios Joannou Elia, Aesthis Records, 2015 (Neuguitars)


Review of “Staubzucker” on Neuguitars (Italian guitar magazine)

“An album that, at the same time, doesn’t seems the ‘typical’ Darmstadt contemporary music and is far away from the classical guitar records’ clichés. Staubzucker is an eclectic disc with which Elias seems to explore the guitar’s infinite possibilities, in particular about chamber music.” … [Read Review in English] [Read Review in Italian]



Patron of the Awards

Marios is the Patron for the third year running of this special award which he said means a lot to him. It is an honour to be the patron of this important philanthropic community-based award for the third year, which promotes courage and courageous behaviour, as well as ethical values. All these are indicators of our cultural status.” [Read More]


September 30, 2016

September 27, 2016

September 26, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia is an official author (music research) of Schott Music


two publications are in preparation until the end of 2016

Elia’s musicological research will be published by the leading German publisher Schott Music, Mainz. Two publications are currently in preparation: One book that concerns “The Concept of Polymediality”, which he has been developing since 2003, and an article entitled “Contemporary Music in the Context of Polymediality and Polyästhetics”.

Intervista con Marios Joannou Elia (Settembre 2016)


Neuguitars, Settembre 2016

Andrea Aguzzi: Che cosa significa l’ improvvisazione nella tua ricerca musicale? Possiamo tornare a parlare di improvvisazione in un repertorio così codificato come quello classico o bisogna per forza uscire e rivolgersi ad altri repertori: jazz, contemporanea, ecc? [Read Interview in Italian]

Marios Joannou Elia (Photo © Fivos Salahas and SensoReye Production)


Elia’s interview on Neuguitars (Italian guitar magazine)

Neuguitars: What does improvisation mean in your music research? Can we go back to talking about improvisation in a repertoire so encoded as the classic or you’re forced to leave and turn to other repertoires, jazz, contemporary, etc.? [Read Interview]


July 13, 2016

June 26, 2016

June 15, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia's premiere of


… and a vice-rector’s speech about Elia

Elia’s ABSCHIED for soprano, tenor, mixed choir, violoncelli, guitar solo and guitar orchestra had its world premiere at Mozarteum’s Großes Studio on June 21. After the premiere, Vice-Rector Prof. Seidel, to whom the work is dedicated, gave a speech. [Watch Speech] 




voting grammy awards 2017

Elia is now an Academy Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the US. Upcoming tasks include nominating and voting albums/singles for the 2017 Grammy Awards.


Marios Joannou Elia's premiere of


premiere excerpts by the Stuttgart State Opera – Children’s Chorus

IM AUTO ÜBER LAND (Overland by Car) was composed in 2010 and premiered in 2011 (commissioned by m:con Mannheim). The childlike perspective of the car is reflected in the children’s choir, which sings a poem by Erich Kästner. Excerpts of the premiere are now available online. [Watch Video]


May 24, 2016

May 20, 2016

May 19, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia's


commissioned by Miscelanea Guitar Quartet

Elia has been commissioned by the Miscelanea Guitar Quartet to compose a new work – PFEFFER (PEPPER) for guitar quartet and electric guitar. The premiere will take place in Autumn 2016. A European tour in several EU cities will then be announced.


Marios Joannou Elia has been commissioned by the Mozarteum University of Salzburg to compose the music in honour of the University's Vice Rector, Prof. Matthias Seidel - for singers, choir, celli, guitar solo and guitar orchestra (Photo © Universität Mozarteum, C. Schneider)


commissioned by Mozarteum Salzburg

Elia has been commissioned by the Mozarteum University of Salzburg to compose a vocal instrumental work in honour of the University’s Vice Rector, Prof. Matthias Seidel – ABSCHIED (FAREWELL) for singers, choir, celli, guitar solo and guitar orchestra. The premiere/ceremony will take place on June 21, at University’s Großes Studio.


Marios Joannou Elia promotes Neuratron Music Scanning and Notation Software


Elia promotes PhotoScore, AudioScore and NotateMe

Elia announces his endorsement with Neuratron Music Scanning and Notation Software. PhotoScore (sheet music and pdf scanning), AudioScore  (transcription of mp3 and cd tracks) and NotateMe (music handwriting app for phones and tabletsare three powerful products for the 21st-century musician. 


May 5, 2016

April 18, 2016

March 30, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia's


commissioned by Miscelanea Guitar Quartet

Elia has been commissioned by the Miscelanea Guitar Quartet to compose a new work – SALZ (SALT) for guitar quartet and electric guitar. The premiere will take place in Autumn 2016. A European tour in several EU cities will then be announced.


Marios Joannou Elia and Kulturhauptstadt2024.at, Austria’s European Capital of Culture 2024 platform


“2024 is closer than we think…”

Launched by the Technical University of Vienna, Kulturhauptstadt2024.at is a platform for discussing proposals from various cities for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in Austria 2024. Elia, who is since 2010 involved in the ECoC initiative, is part of this platform that now operates throughout Austria. [Read More] 


Marios Joannou Elia's


3 gold medals in 3 categories

Staubzucker wins 3 Gold Medals at the Global Music Awards in California – in the categories Classical Contemporary, Album, Creativity and Originality.


February 26, 2016

January 29, 2016

January 21, 2016

Marios Joannou Elia & Nick Elia at Angelic Studios (Photo © Kostis Nikolas)

Marios Joannou Elia's ELPIS at Bosniak Institute, Sarajevo (Photo © Sarajevo Tourism)

Ronny Wiesauer and Kostas Tosidis recording Marios Joannou Elia's


focused on analogue synthesizers 

Marios is at Angelic Studios UK for a collaborative project with Nick Elia. It is focused on analogue synths and organised noise (generated from a modular system as well as by processing location recordings). It involves a lot of experimentation from a production and technical perspectve as well as a level of improvisation. Amongst the rare synths used for this project are Jupiter-8, ARP2600, Odyssey, OB-Xa, SH-7, EMS Synthi AKS, Prophet 6, Prophet T8, Memorymoog Plus, Voyager, Source, Korg MS-20, OSCar and TB303. More to come soon. [More about Project]




at the Bosniak Institute

Elia is collaborating with the Sarajevo Music Academy (with, among others, the Kvintet Harmonika Klaster; Belma Šarančić Nahodović). “Elpis” (Hope), for accordion septet and percussion duet, will have its Bosnia and Herzegovina premiere at a gala concert on the occasion of the World Accordion Day on May 6, 2016. The performance will take place at the Bosniak Institute (image).


album review by “this is classical guitar” (Canada)

Staubzucker by composer Marios Joannou Elia is an album filled with fascinating soundscapes and a wealth of compositional ideas. It explores the sounds and the endless possibilities of the guitar in chamber music making it a very significant contribution to the guitar repertoire.” [Read Review]



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