“Car horns and engines are among the noted soloists scheduled to perform a multimodal musical piece. ‘Autosymphonic’ is a handmade, one-of-a-kind vehicle.”

The New York Times




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Instrumentation: Soprano, tenor, children’s choir, choir (S-A-T-B) and symphony orchestra (3-3-3-3 / 4-3-3-1 / percussion [4], piano / strings)

Year of Composition: 2016/17

Commission: Primorye Regional Philharmonic Society for the highlight celebration of the Eastern Economic Forum 2017

Duration: 12:30
Premiere: Soloists of Primorye Regional Philharmonic Society, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, FEFU Academic Choir, Primorye Philharmony Children’s Choir, Children’s Choir “Scarlet Sails” of the Art School “Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov”, Conductor: Anatoliy Smirnov, Conductor of Choirs: Helena Petukhova


open air oratorio

Year of Composition: 2013/14

Parts: 1. HOCH STEHT AUF TIEF for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, adult’s choir, flute/s, synthesizer/celeta, harp, string orchestra, bell trio, taiko trio and percussion ensemble.

2. TAG DER WAHRHEIT for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mixed adult’s choir, children’s choir, philharmonic orchestra, wind orchestra and percussion ensemble.

3. WAHRHEIT IST for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, organ solo, violin solo, mixed adult’s choir, children’s choir, philharmonic orchestra, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, taiko trio, tombek sextet and electronics.

4. TURMTRAUM for trumpet solo, sprechstimme/rap, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, violin and piano solo, mixed adult’s choir, children’s choir, philharmonic orchestra, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, taiko trio and electronics

5. FALL DER KREUZBLUME for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, two mixed adult choirs, children’s choir, philharmonic orchestra, wind orchestra, cathedral’s workshop ensemble, taiko ensemble, percussion ensemble and electronics.

6. WIND DES FRÜHLINGS for pop singer, electric bass, choir, philharmonic orchestra, brass ensemble and percussion.



7. LEBENDE STEINE for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, two mixed adult choirs, children’s choir, wind orchestra, philharmonic orchestra, two percussion ensembles and electronics.

8. HOCH UND TIEF VERKEHREN EINANDER for coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, teno, bass, violin solo, organ, kyeboard instruments, two mixed adult choirs, children’s choir, philharmonic orchestra, wind orchestra, two percussion ensembles, taiko ensemble, bell orchestra and electronics.

Instrumentation: for ten soloists, philharmonic orchestra, brass orchestra, children’s/youth choir, mixed adult choir, bell orchestra, construction workshop ensemble, eleven percussionists in several formations, electronics and sound reinforcement system.

Text: “Ulmer Oratorium – Eine Turmfantasie” (A Tower Phantasy) by Robert Kleindienst (in German).

Duration: 60′ 

Commission: City of Ulm for the 125th Anniversary of the Ulm Minster Tower.

Premiere: TBA.




open air multimedia symphony

Year of Composition: 2010/11

Parts: I. OVERTURE for percussion nonet (octet plus timpani), symphony orchestra, choir and electronics.

II. GENESIS for 14 solo automobiles, automobile orchestra in 3 groups, 120 automobile players (120 percussionists), symphony orchestra, choir, percussion octet and electronics.

III. MAN AND MACHINE for choir, symphony orchestra, automobile orchestra in 2 groups, 120 automobile players percussion octet and electronics.

IV. THE DREAM (THE AUTOMOBILE) for pop band vocal ensemble, symphony orchestra, choir and percussion quintet (Text by Xavier Naidoo and Metaphysics).

V. FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION Autoquartet – for 4 automobiles, 14 automobile players and electronics.

VI. THE PROMISE for 12 solo automobiles, automobile orchestra in 7 groups, 120 automobile players, symphony orchestra, choir, percussion octet and electronics

VII. ON THE ROAD for children’s/youth choir (Text: “Im Auto über Land” by Erich Kästner).

VIII. VIRTUAL REALITY for 14 solo automobiles, automobile orchestra in 4 groups, 120 automobile players, symphony orchestra, choir, percussion octet and electronics.

IX. FINALE for 12 solo automobiles, automobile orchestra in 9 groups, 120 automobile players, symphony orchestra, choir, children’s choir, pop band vocal ensemble, percussion octet and electronics. 

Instrumentation: for symphony orchestra, car orchestra (80 vehicles) and 120 car-players (120 percussionists), choir, children’s/youth choir, pop band vocal ensemble, percussion octet, electronics and 360° spatial sound reinforcement system.

For Concert Halls: Version for symphony orchestra, choir, 80 pre-recorded cars and electronics (see Orchestra category).

Text: “Die Erfindung des Automobils. Erinnerungen eines Achtzigjährigen” (The Invention of the Automobile: Memories of an Octogenarian) by Carl Benz (in German).

Duration: 60′

Commission: m:con – mannheim:congress GmbH, City of Mannheim.



Premiere: Closing celebration of the Automobile Summer Baden-Württemberg, Friedrichsplatz Square, Mannheim (September 10, 2011).

SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, Stuttgart State Opera Children’s Chorus, Söhne Mannheims, Pop Academy Baden-Württemberg, 120 adolescents from the City of Mannheim.

Conductor: Johannes Harneit, Conductor Vocal Ensemble: Klaas Stok, Conductor Children’s Chorus: Johannes Knecht, Electronic sound production and studio direction: Nick Elia, Car casting recordings: Stephan Diebel, Spatial sound reinforcement system: Pool Group Frankfurt, Schoko Pro Wiesbaden, Projektwerk Darmstadt.

Multimedia visualisation: Horst Hamann, Tarm Bochum, Looplight Marburg, Showfootage Marburg, Medienallianz Ludwigshafen, Gerdon Lights and Scenic Design.

AUTOSYMPHONIC by Marios Joannou Elia



for automobile trio, fourteen car-musicians and electronics 

Year of Composition2010

Note: Car-musicians are percussionists.

Duration: 5′:10″

Commission: m:con – mannheim:congress GmbH, City of Mannheim.

Premiere: New Year’s Reception of Mannheim’s Mayor, Rosengarten Mozart Hall, Mannheim (January 6, 2011).

Pop Academy Baden-Württemberg, National Theatre Mannheim (cond. Harald Braun).

Benz Patent-Motorcar, Aero 6218R, Audi R8 Spyder (Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet).



for an automated electromechanical orchestra

Year of Composition2009

Note on Orchestra Type: Oversized marimba played by rubber balls shot from a robotic cannon and a series of spinning wineglasses dampened by robotic fingers.

Duration: 3′:30″

Commission: International Association for Polyaesthetic Education.

Premiere: Ars Electronica Linz, Linz 09 European Capital of Cultural (July 16, 2009).

Absolute Machines – Absolute Quartet by Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). 




for vocal ensemble

Year of Composition: 2007

Note on Composition: Vocalists can be singers or actors; suitable for music theatre. 

Text: “Odyssey” (twelfth song) by Homer, “Dialectic of Enlightenment” by Horkheimer / Adorno, “Gadji beri bimba” and “Seepferdchen und Flugfische” by Hugo Ball (non-semantic).

Duration: 25′

Commission: International Association for Polyaesthetic Education in Homage to Wolfgang Roscher (25 Years IGPE).

Premiere: Mirabell Palace Garden, Salzburg (October 18, 2007).

Drama and Stage Directing Department of Mozarteum University of Salzburg, With Sören Canenbley, André Hinderlich, Yorck Hoßfeld, Charlotte Kintzel and Melanie Tóth, Voice training: Albert Weilguny, Direction: Marios Joannou Elia. 



AQUANAUTEN by Marios Joannou Elia at Mirabellgarten Salzburg



for contrabass clarinet, double bass, electronics and loudspeaker orchestra

Year of Composition2007

Duration: 11′

Commission: Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Premiere: Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (December 1, 2007).

Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Contrabass clarinet: Theo Nabicht, Double bass: Arnulf Ballhorn, Electronic sound wave generator: Nick Elia, Technical realisation and sound projection: Georg Morawietz, E-Studio AdK Berlin.



for 9 instruments, 11 loudspeakers and electronics

Year of Composition2006

Instrumentation: Saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano / synthesizer, violin, viola, double bass, percussion (2).

Duration: 8′

Commission: HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts.

Premiere: Dresden Days of Contemporary Music, Festival Hall Hellerau (October 8, 2006).

EZKM Ensemble Dresden, Conductor: Ajtony Csaba, Sound projection: Hendrik Manook, Scenery: Rebecca Ringst, Video and staging: Beate Baron.



for 11 vocal soloists, instrumental ensemble, loudspeaker ensemble and electronics

Year of Composition2003/04

Instrumentation: Boy soprano, soprano (3), alto (2), tenor (2), bass (3).

Trumpet, tenor trombone, water horn, percussion (2), harp, conductor, assistant (actor / percussionist), sound director (2).

Car, elevator, glass tower, various sound equipment.

Note on Performance Site: The work is also performable in a concert hall.

Text: Ordinary of the Tridentine Mass, “Always for the First Time” by André Breton, “Médieuses”, “La Terre est Bleu” and “Premièrement” by Paul Eluard (English, French, German, Latin).

Duration: 40′

Commission: The Volkswagen Transparent Factory, International Forum for Culture and Economy in Dresden.



STROPHES by Marios Joannou Elia - at Transparent Factory in Dresden, 2003/04





for electroacoustic music and video

Year of Composition2002/04

Text: “Chronogram” by Marios Joannou Elia (in English).

Duration: 14′

Commission: Cultural Funds of Land Salzburg.

Premiere: House of the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg (May 25, 2004).

Premiere in spatial modus: Salzburg Easter Festival (April 20, 2006).

ARGEkultur Salzburg, Video: Christoph Kendlbacher, Spatial sound projection: Marios Joannou Elia.



for electroacoustic music and video

Year of Composition2001

Note on Instrumentation: A version with narrator (live performance) is available.

Text: Sappho (in Ancient Greek).

Duration: 14′:20″

Premiere: Carl Orff Institute’s Theatre Hall, Salzburg (November 30, 2001).

Narrator: Babette Slezak, Video: Christoph Kendlbacher, Spatial sound projection: Marios Joannou Elia.



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  • Opera & Music Theatre

  • Choral & Vocal Music (a capella)

  • Ensemble (more than 7 instruments)

  • Popular & Classical Music

  • Orchestra

  • Solo Instrument(s) & Ensemble

  • Chamber Music (up to 7 instruments)

  • Solo Music


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