Phivos-Angelos Kollias Photo: Jade Wu

Phivos-Angelos Kollias

Music Composer & Sound Designer


Phivos-Angelos Kollias is an Greek born, UK and French educated, Berlin based interactive music composer / researcher / developer.

He has studied composition in Cambridge (BA), London (MA) and Paris (PhD & DEA & MA) with the support of four foundations. His composition teachers were H. Vaggione, J. L. Hervé, Y. Maresz, J. M. López López, R. Hoadley and R. Samuel. He has taken master classes from influential figures such as H. Lachenmann, G. Aperghis, B. Furrer, T. Murail, P. Ablinger, P. Hurel, M. Lanza, U. Chin and A. Di Scipio.

He currently lives and composes in Berlin. His music has received seven awards and nine nominations in international competitions, while the group projects he has participated in have won ten awards and distinctions. He has participated in several projects presented in festivals and museums such as: BFI London Film Festival, IDFA, National Museum of Berlin, National Palace Museum of Chiayi/Taiwan etc.

Kollias is currently focusing his creative interest in applying innovative techniques and concepts into music projects performed by musicians and algorithms for Interactive Music Performances, Virtual Reality Installations and Video Games. His music background is mainly rooted in instrumental classical studies, including his PhD in interactive electroacoustic music. Yet, his music inspiration ranges from electronic music, rock/metal, free jazz to noise and experimental music.

In his music, through an anthropocentric perspective, the listener becomes the central focal point: she is invited to participate actively with her actions and perception: Instead of passively receiving a predetermined work, she is actively constructing the music physically and mentally. Inspiration comes from the different forms of communicating different forms interactions with the listener: in a music game with classical instruments, he is teasing the listener’s interacting with her active perception; in an self-organising electronic site-specific work, he is interacting with the active participation of the listener, including her sounds as well as intentions in the creative process; in an electronic game or a virtual reality experience, he is utilising every music interactions with the user-listener for generative music processes.

As a composer-researcher, through his PhD and peer-reviewed articles, he has been exploring the humanistic and technological connections of music and interdisciplinary scientific studies of complexity theories, inspiring all his music composing and music thinking: within a systemic context, investigating a dialogue among the systemic applications of Xenakis, Di Scipio and Vaggione has significantly inspired Kollias music thinking and composing.