Vasilikí Krimitzá is a composer of instrumental, vocal and acousmatic music, currently based in New York City. She was born in Athens, Greece, where she was exposed to a diversity of cultures through singing byzantine music and playing the piano, flute and tambouras. She spent her teenage years in Germany and Austria where she subsequently pursued her composition studies with Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail (University Mozarteum Salzburg) and Wolfgang Rihm (University of Music Karlsruhe) before leaving for the US.
Her works have been performed in concerts in USA, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Albania, in Festivals such as the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival in Cologne, the Darmstaedter Ferienkurse fuer Neue Musik in Darmstadt (Open Space), June in Buffalo, Next Generation concerts in ZKM Karlsruhe, SICPP in Boston, IMPULS Festival in Sachsen Anhalt, Aspekte Festival Salzburg, Dialoge Festival Salzburg, by the Grammy Award winners of Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Talea ensemble, ICE, Da Capo Chamber Players, œnm, MACE, ensemble Signal, soloists of the Bavarian Opera Orchestra, der/gelbe/klang, MAM. Manufaktur für aktuelle Musik, NAMES, David Fulmer, Cory Smythe, Eduard Brunner, Cecilio Perera, Carlos Cordeiro and others and have been broadcasted by BR Klassik, WDR 3, rbb Kultur and DLF Kultur in Germany, ORF in Austria and Radio Nacional Argentina.
Vasilikí has been invited to talk about her music in symposiums, master classes and seminars in USA, Germany, France and Austria. She has been finalist and winner of awards and composition competitions, among others, Dimitris Dragatakis Composition Competition (2014) Athens, Franz Liszt Scholarship (2014) Weimar, Musikstipendium der Landeshauptstadt Muenchen (2015) Munich, Next Wave LAPQ Composer Initiative (2016) Los Angeles, League of Composers/ISCM Composition Competition (2017) New York, ACHT BRÜCKEN Composition Competition (2018) Cologne and received grants supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes in Germany (2020). More recently, Vasilikí was nominated for a Berlin Fellowship from the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (2022), was a finalist for the Hanns Eisler Stipendium, Leipzig (2021) as well as for the 3-year Career Development Fellowship in Music Composition, at University of Oxford (2022). Commissions for new works have come from ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival, the City of Munich, Fédération des Sociétés de Musique d’Alsace Strasbourg, Salzburg Museum, Hofhaymer Gesellschaft Salzburg, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Aspekte Festival, Dialoge Festival, IMPULS Festival Sachsen Anhalt.
Vasilikí is currently a PhD candidate in composition at the New York University, GSAS with Louis Karchin. She has received important musical stimuli from David Fulmer, David Felder, Elizabeth Hoffman, Minas Borboudakis and Giorgos Kyriakakis. Additionally, she has participated in numerous master classes and composition seminars with B. Ferneyhough, L. Liang, M. Finnissy, H. Thomalla, I. Mundry, M. Spahlinger, St. Reich, A. Schlünz, R. Wallin, B. Furrer, N. Vines, Kl. Huber, P. Ablinger, Cl. Gadenstätter, F. Nieder and others. She also participated in the Donaueschinger Musiktagen Next Generation program 2011, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik 2012, the Franz Liszt master classes 2014 Weimar, the IMPULS Festival 2016 master classes, the June in Buffalo master classes 2019 and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance and Practice 2019 in Boston.