NICKOS HARIZANOS was born in Athens. He studied Composition, Orchestration,
Harmony and Counterpoint in Athens under the supervision of the Professors Christos Lambrianidis and Spyros Klapsis from 1992 to 1999. He then continued his studies in Composition at Manchester University (2000-2001) with Professor John Casken and Professor Geoffrey Poole, graduating with a research Master’s degree (MMus) in Composition. In 2014 started his PhD studies in Composition at Bangor University (UK) under the supervision of Professor Andrew Lewis.
His music has been performed in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, China, U.K., Russia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Morroco, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Latvia, Ukraine, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Albania, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Cyprus, Greece.
His works have been performed at international festivals, to a large number of concert halls, universities and venues around the world by very well known ensembles and soloists such as Psappha Ensemble, members of London Sinfonietta, Chants Libres, Contemporary Music Orchestra of Korea, Athens City Symphony Orchestra, Rhodes Symphony Orchestra, University of Utah New Music Ensemble, Chamber Symphony Orchestra of Athens, Nova Orquestra de Lisboa, Ravenna String Orchestra, University of Nis Symphony Orchestra, University of Manchester String Orchestra, XelmYa Ensemble, Alchimea Ensemble, Filera Trio, Studio 6 Ensemble, Baldur Ensemble, Bridge String Quartet, Ecoensemble Trio, Terra e Aria, Zacharias String Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Cromano String Quartet, Duo Vivo, Trio Amaranth Basel, Duo Puur, Ultima Rara, Basel Academy New Music Ensemble, Antithesis Duo, Angelique Duo, Accordion Ars Duo, Tetsu and Masaki Duo, Etienne Rolin, Elena Cecconi, Karin Leitner, Wilfrido Terrazas, Natalia Perez Turner, Susanne Kessel, Mandhira de Saram, Maria Bildea, Laura Falzon, Bernd Wiesemann, Natassa Mare Moumtzidou, Sergiu Nastasa, Lubisa Jovanovic, Marie - Annick Beliveau, Irene Kurka, Aisling Agnew, Tania Sikelianou, Demetrius Spaneas, Angela Madjarova, Zacharias Tarpagkos, Edmundo Ramirez, Eva Fampas, Natalia Gerakis, Zhe Lin, Anna Pangalou, Evgeniya Kossmann, Marina Pacheco, Angelika Papanikolaou, Leonidas Sakellarides, Valentyna Akhmedzyanova, Ivana Zahirovic, Jesus Penaranda, Nicoletta Sanzin, Julian Elvira, Jose Sotorres, Marika Klambatsea, Orlando Cela, Lucie Louvrier, Carolina Resendiz, Maral Yakshieva, Elisabeth Kaiser, Amalia Kountouri, Masae Gimbayashi - Barbotte, George Philadelpheus, Valentina Vassileva, Maria Pikoula, Helen Pridmore, Chris Coritsidis, Hellas Chalkia, Athina Katsanevaki, Alina Bzhezhinska, Myrto Akrivou, Despina Apostolou, Morgana Patriarca, Tom Edskes, Jeferson Samsonowski, Athena Gratsouna, Amalia Sagona, Roxanne Papadimitriou, Andres Garcia, Petros Cela, Nikos Zarkos, Stela Dinkova.
He has received a number of prizes and distinctions at International and National Composers Competitions (Hochschule fur Musik und Theatre Munchen, IVME, Boston Metro Opera, International Music Prizes, Carl von Ossietzky, University of Utah New Music Ensemble, London Chamber Players, V.Zolotarev, Foudoulis Concervatory).
His music has been broadcasted by Greek National TV and Radio Stations along with International TV stations (Spain) and Radio stations in Spain (National Radio of Spain (RNE) and Mexico) along with private stations in USA, Portugal, Czech Republic, Colombia). He also has composed music for theatre and documentaries in Greece and UK. Published works are located at many libraries such as National Library of Germany, Schumann Library (Germany), Columbia University (USA), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Lilian Voudouri (Greece).
He is the General Secretary of the Contemporary Music Research Centre (KSYME) (founded by Iannis Xenakis) (Greece) and Director - member of KSYMEnsemble. He is also member of the Greek Composers Union (GCU) and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) (Greece). As a Professor of Composition and Advanced Theoritical Studies of Music, he's been teaching at En Organis Conservatory in Athens, Greece since 2008 and he's been also teaching Stage Music at Prova School of Drama Studies in Athens, Greece.
His works are released on cds by :
Naxos (UK), WDR Cologne (Germany), Fly Note (USA), Musica Ferrum (U.K.), Sheva Collection (Italy), Subways Music (Greece), Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers' Association (HELMCA) (Greece).
And published by :
Schott (Germany), Musica Ferrum (U.K.), Rowman and Littlefield (U.S.A.), Da Capo Music Ltd (U.K.), Les Procuctions d' Oz (Canada), Gold Branch Music Inc. (U.S.A.), Arcomis (U.K.) and Contemporary Music Research Centre (Greece).