Michalis Paraskakis was born in Athens where he studied Graphic Arts & Design, as well as piano and accordion. Since 2008 he has lived in The Hague where he finished his Bachelor and Master degrees in composition, with Yannis Kyriakides, Cornelis de Bondt, Diderik Wagenaar, Martijn Padding and Peter Adriaansz.
His visual background, impels him to meticulously ‘compose’ every aspect of his works, from the score to the final staging. He loves playing with the expectations and the limits of the listener, and he is particularly interested in sonic and performance ‘flaws’ and how they can be manipulated to create new sonic realms.
Michalis has worked as a composer or performer with notable ensembles (Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble Modelo62, Slagwerk Den Haag, ASKO Kamerkoor, KLANG Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music etc). ln April 2014 he lead a week of workshops and performances of Jani Christou’s work in the Week of Contemporary Music 2014, Ghent (BE). His piece Not Yet II is included in MATA Festival New York (US) in April, while his pieces Terpnon and Ark Futura were broadcasted on the Concertzender (NL).
His current projects include commissions from the pianist Katerina Konstantourou, Theatre Porta Athens and poetess Eleonore Schönmaier – and new music for the film La Passion de jeanne d’Arc of C. T. Dreyer (Theatre de Regentes, The Hague, NL). Also a re-visiting of Wagners Wesendonck lieder and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, in collaboration with the conductor Yorgos Ziavras (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln) and composer Nikos Galenianos (Codarts Rotterdam).
As a singer/performer, he focuses on challenging and demanding roles, including ‘Kassandra’ by l. Xenakis and ‘Anaparastasis I’ by J. Christou. His flexibility as an artist has also brought him on stage with the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2013, in Karyn Benquet’s piece Ensuing, where he sang, improvised, and danced.