Born 1945 in Athens, Greece. He lives and works in Paris since 1963. His pieces are notably characterized by a questioning about languages and the meaning. His compositions, wether instrumental, vocal or for stage, explore the borders of the intelligible, he likes to create twisted tracks which allow him to keep active the listener (stories emerge but are suddenly refuted). Aperghis’ music is not strictly linked to any dominant musical aesthetics of the contemporary musical creation but follows on his century by a dialogue with other forms of art and an extreme open-mindedness to intellectual, scientific and social fields. This „otherness” is combined with innovation when he includes electronics, video, machines, automatons or robots to his performances.
Aperghis works closely with a group of interpreters who are entirely part of the creative process. They are comedians (Edith Scob, Michael Lonsdale), instrumentalists (Jean-Pierre Drouet, Richard Dubelski, Geneviève Strosser, Nicolas Hodges, Uli Fussenegger) or vocalists (Martine Viard, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Lionel Peintre). From the 90’s he shared new artistic collaborations with danse (Johanne Saunier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) and visual arts (Daniel Lévy, Kurt D’Haeseleer, Hans Op de Beeck). The main european contemporary music ensembles have developed a working relationship with Aperghis through settled commissions that are now part of their repertory (Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Remix, Intercontemporain, Vocalsolisten). Georges Aperghis received the Mauricio Kagel Prize in 2011 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement – Venice Biennale Musica 2015.
Scores are self published by Didascalia on the website aperghis.com. Others are published by Durand Salabert Eschig (Universal Music Publishing Classical).
2020 will be the 6th time that Georges Aperghis is tutor for composition in Darmstadt (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2020).