Nikos Stavropoulos

Topophilia has been performed in Athens, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Christchurch, Denton, Hull, Istanbul, Leeds, Manchester, Mexico City, Montpellier, Montréal, Morelia, Moscow, Santiago, Shanghai, Sheffield and Thessaloniki…

The concept of topophilia relates to attraction or affinity to place, the bond between a person and a specific locality. Topophilia is understood to be the result of the perception of a particular environment. In this case the term is borrowed to suggest the allure of a type of place — a space instilled with musical meaning — which displays characteristics of intimacy and closeness. An abstract musical topos, which exists in the intimate and personal zones and is rooted in the concrete materiality of the sound objects inhabiting it. The work is not only an artistic interpretation of the notion of aural micro-space but also an attempt to work with the reality of such a notion in a way that the latter permeates the former.


Topophilia was realized at the composer’s studio in the first half of 2016 and premiered on October 8, 2016 during the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia (Mexico). Topophilia was awarded the 1st prize at the Iannis Xenakis International Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017), the 1st prize in the acousmatic category at the 9th Destellos Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2016), the Prize of the electronic music category at the USF New-Music Consortium Competition (Tampa, FL, USA, 2017), the ICST Residency Prize at the Concours international de composition électroacoustique de Monaco (2016), the 2nd prize at the Klang! competition (Montpellier, France, 2017), and a special mention at the 9th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses (Belgium, 2016).


  • October 8, 2016, Visiones Sonoras 12 — 2016, International Conference of Electroacoustic CIME / ICEM 2016: Concierto CIME 2, Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores — UNAM Campus Morelia, Morelia (Mexico)



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Date Work Program
November 20, 2017 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
April 30, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Pulsar / CISM (Canada)
June 22, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) One-Hundred and Forty-Seven Edition / The Parish News (UK)
June 29, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) One-Hundred and Forty-Eighth Edition / The Parish News (UK)
August 1, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Martian Gardens #985 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
September 3, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Indiedrome / Radio Panik 105.4 (Belgium)
September 4, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Radio Dijon Campus 92.2 (France)
September 5, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Radio FMR 89.1 Toulouse (France)
September 5, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Campus Grenoble 90.8 (France)
September 5, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Éko des Garrigues 88.5 (France)
September 6, 2019 Nikos Stavropoulos, Topophilia (2016) Jet FM 91.2 (France)

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