Nooit meer slapen - tonight

Live radio! This evening I'll be in the Dutch radio program 'Nooit meer slapen (Never Sleep Again)'. For all the people who want to listen to me in the middle of the night: 1 o'clock at Radio 1. I'm going to talk about the story of the day.

Bosch Requiem 2019

November Music has commissioned me to compose Bosch Requiem 2019 for the festival in 2019. Performers include Marcel Beekman, Maarten Engeltjes and baroque ensemble PRJCT onder the direction of Manoj Kamps.

WORLD PREMIÈRE - Salto di Saffo

Markus Stenz zal mijn nieuw werk dirigeren: Salto di Saffo (In opdracht van NTR ZaterdagMatinee, mede mogelijk gemaakt door het Fonds Podiumkunsten) voor blokfluit, panfluit en ensemble. In dit stuk putte ik inspiratie uit de zee, meer specifiek uit de bootreis die mij voor een compositiestudie naar Nederland voerde. Ter hoogte van Lefkas, het rotsige eiland waar volgens de overlevering de dichteres Sappho haar fatale sprong zou hebben gemaakt, besefte ik dat ik voor lange tijd afscheid zal nemen van mijn geboortegrond. Die dubbele gemoedstoestand vormde het uitgangspunt voor een golvende dialoog tussen blokfluit, panfluit en ensemble.
Het Concertgebouw - zaterdag 6 oktober 2018 | 14.15 uur

Interview - Dagblad Trouw

…."In Nederland moet je bijna altijd vechten tegen de elementen, daar moet ik nog steeds aan wennen. Hoewel ik verander, naarmate ik hier langer woon. Mijn lijf en mijn hoofd passen zich geleidelijk aan.”
Lees mijn hele interview met Frederike Berntsen

Matangi Quartet performing Eothinon

The Matangi String Quartet performed Eothinon at the opening of the Oriental Landscapes Festival on June 16th in the Duif, Amsterdam. And again in Tivoli|Vredenburg on June 22nd.

Tragoudi - review from het Parool

Review from "Het Parool" on June 11th (Erik Voermans)…."pièce de résistance at the concert is "Tragoudi," Calliope Tsoupaki's commission from the Holland Festival; an impressive double concert for clarinet and trumpet. The music is slow, lingering and diatonic (the Dorian scale is a favorite) and seems to bear the sadness of the entire world. A full Carré listened attentively for 25 minutes, deeply moved."

Some photos from the premiere of Tragoudi on June 8th!TragoudiCarre2


Marieken -
documentaire Sonia Herman Dolz

Mariken,Visioen van een Opera, een documentaire van Sonia Herman Dolz is te zien in Amsterdam. De film gaat over de totstandkoming van de nieuwe opera Mariken in de tuin der lusten, een productie van OPERA2DAY, Het Nationale Theater, Asko|Schönberg en Cappella Amsterdam.
In het
Ketelhuis, Amsterdam - woensdag 27 juni 2018 om 19.30 uur


My double concerto for Kinan Azmeh clarinet, Eric Vloeimans trumpet & the Metropole Orchestra in Theater Carré, Amsterdam on June 8, 2018 - Save the Date!

The Syrian Big Band was the first of its kind in the Arab world and gave big band a voice in Syria. Working with the Metropole Orkest, soloists of the Syrian Big Band – most of them now living in the West – are playing an adventurous programme at Carré, packed with traditional repertoire and own energetic work. Versatile musicians such as ney player Moslem Rahal (who was at the 2016 festival with The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians), singer Dima Orsho, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Ibrahim Keivo are presenting their soulful sounds. Top clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans are playing the world premiere of a double concerto for clarinet and trumpet: Tragoudi a new work by Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, whose work is often inspired by traditional music from Greece and the Middle East.

About Tragoudi: A scala of hidden yet perceivable “titles” are thought of and referred to in this composition: Hidden Song, Forbidden Song, Lost Song, Last Song, In Memory of… , Sempre Viva, Forever Young, Song for my father, Secret Song….. These and so many more were the words which crossed my mind but everything felt misplaced. I just want to bring the quintessence of my love for song and melody very close to us, without any names, explanations or interpretations. After all I have chosen the simple word: TRAGOUDI, which means Song in Greek.

Holland Festival Production - June 8 & 9, 2018 - 20.30 | Theater Carré, Amsterdam

Interview Radio 1 - Nooit meer Slapen

I will be guest in the late night VPRO program "Nooit meer slapen" to talk about my new composition Tragoudi, and its première next week in Theater Carré (Holland Festival). Tune in: Thursday, May 31st | NPO Radio 1 at midnight.

Broadcast of my music on
Greek National Radio

I am so happy to be a guest in Julietta Karori’s wonderful radio program broadcasting from Greece: A new patria out of my window. Tune in on Friday, March 30th 2018 at 21.00 hours. Greek Radio 3 90,9 via the cable/fm or live here: