- Helen Metzelaar
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(b Piraeus, May 27, 1963). Composer of dual Greek and Dutch nationality, resident in the Netherlands since 1988. She studied piano and theory at the Hellenic (Elliniko) Conservatory in Athens, and took a composition course with Yiannis Ioannidis. She then studied composition with Louis Andriessen at The Hague Conservatory, graduating in 1992. She has attended summer courses given by Messiaen, Xenakis, Boulez, and Feldman. In 1993 she won a three-month residency in Budapest from the ‘Pepinières for Young Artists’ Foundation. In 1996 the 43rd International Rostrum of Composers of the International Music Council chose Sappho’s Tears as a recommended work for radio broadcasting. She regularly receives commissions from leading Dutch ensembles.
Although Tsoupaki has been living in Amsterdam since the beginning of her studies in the Netherlands in September 1988, the titles of her works show her continued interest in Greece. Her music often breathes a mystic, serene atmosphere, with melodies filled with nostalgic longing. An example is the diptych ...