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Ioannis Panagiotou



Ioannis' art explores issues of memory, migration, and identity through cross-media narratives and oral history. His art takes the form of audiovisual performances, installations, and concerts, creating a play of different media, materials, beings, and events. This play aims to activate lost memories and sociocultural ghosts of the past.


Dr. Ioannis Panagiotou is a UK-based artist and composer. His works have been showcased internationally in US, Japan, UK, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and Greece, receiving recognition in renowned festivals and collaborations with notable ensembles. Notably, his audiovisual work “Umwelt” has been exhibited and performed at prestigious festivals such as b-side Festival, Dialogues Festival, and Tériade Museum of Modern Art. Collaborating with Plus-Minus Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, St Andrews Contemporary Ensemble, and the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra has further solidified his standing in the artistic community.


Academically, Ioannis holds the position of Tutor in Composing for Screen at The University of Edinburgh and serves as the Head of Music at Lincoln College. With a diverse background, he has conducted extensive research and instructed courses in composition, sound design, music for screen and games, and fine art at esteemed institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus), the Academy of Music and Sound, and the Ionian University. As a permanent Artist in Residence at the Zurich University of the Arts and as the Artistic Director of the PN Ensemble (Edinburgh University New Music Group), Ioannis is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary arts. He is also an active member of the International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music CIME/ICEM (HELMCA).

Currently, Ioannis is concentrating his research efforts on composition, video art, and oral history while serving as a Postdoc Research Fellow at the University of the Aegean. Moreover, Ioannis has been involved in various artistic, sociopolitical and community endeavours, including collaborations with the European Commission and HMP Portland Prison, underscoring his versatility and impact as a creative force.


Ioannis holds a PhD in Composition and Transdisciplinary Arts from The University of Edinburgh, an MA in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and an Integrated MA in Composition for Film, Theatre and The Performing Arts from Ionian University. His extensive studies have encompassed composition with renowned mentors such as Martin Parker, David Fennessy, Simon Steen-Andersen, Gareth Williams, Oliver Searle, and Dimitra Trypani. Additionally, he has delved into Sonic Arts and Interactive Composition with Alistair McDonald, Film Music with Yati Durant, Fine Arts with Kevin Dagg, Bill Psarras and Nikos Kokkalis, and Byzantine Musicology with Dimitrios Giannelos.

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