In 2012 Konstantia Gourzi was responsible for the programme of the Samos Young Artists Festival.
As artistic director of the 2012 Samos Festival, the Greek conductor, composer and professor Konstantia Gourzi, places the combination of different musical epochs and genres at the centre of the programme: classical music and improvisation meet and merge.
"I see composing and conducting as a whole, as an inseparable relationship," says Konstantia Gourzi, who combines the rare roles of composer and conductor in an extraordinary way.
She is influenced by the identity of different cultures and musical traditions. Konstantia Gourzi deals with current social issues and incorporates them into her musical work. Creating a connection between the arts and cultures inspires her time and again to create new performance concepts.
In addition to her duties as composer and conductor, Konstantia Gourzi has been the founder and director of various ensembles since 1990, including the ensemble attacca berlin, the ensemble echo, the ensemble oktopus für musik der moderne as well as the network and ensemble opus21musikplus.
Born in Athens, Konstantia Gourzi attaches great importance to the promotion of young artists. She holds a professorship as conductor for ensemble conducting of new music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.