Nickos Harizanos

(b. 21 January 1969, Athens).

Greek composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Harizanos studied composition, counterpoint, fugue, harmony, and orchestration with Spiros Klapsis and Christos Lambrianidis at the Ethniko Odeio – National Conservatoire in Athens from 1992–99, as well as art history at the Archaeological Institute of Athens from 1994–96. He then studied composition with John Casken and Geoffrey Poole at the University of Manchester in 2000–01, where he earned his MMus.

Among his honours is First Prize in a national competition in Athens (1994, for Melancholy, Op. 5). His music has been performed in Greece, Romania, Ukraine, and the UK.

He has taught composition, counterpoint, fugue, and harmony at the Odeio Corelli – Corelli Conservatoire in Rhodes since 2001.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed music for many stage and TV productions in both Greece and the UK.

His publisher is Da Capo.


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What was your benefit to the city? (texts from letters from Ancient Greece), actor, fixed media, Op. 49, 2003


Largo funebre e trionfale, string orchestra, Op. 7, 1994

The Calling (symphonic poem), large orchestra, Op. 11, 1993–95

Symphony, large orchestra, Op. 9, 1994–95

Polyanthos, 12 strings, Op. 36, 2001

Concerto Spirituale, large orchestra, Op. 43, 2002

Undisturbed Masks..., string orchestra, Op. 48, 2003


String Quartet No. 1, Op. 3, 1989

Dawn, guitar, Op. 1, 1991

The Flight of the Seagulls, flute, guitar, double bass, piano, Op. 4, 1993

Melancholy, flute, string quartet, Op. 5, 1994

Night in the Forest, flute, Op. 6, 1994

Sonata, violin, piano, Op. 12, 1995

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 20, 1998

Caricatures, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, piano, Op. 24, 1998–99

Images, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, Op. 27, 1999

Nuances of Solitude, clarinet, piano, 2 percussion, Op. 31, 2000

Hesitations, violin, piano, Op. 32, 2000

The Bells, harp, Op. 22, 2001

Iho, flute, cello, vibraphone, Op. 34, 2001

Tribute to a Painter, flute, harp, vibraphone, fixed media, Op. 35, 2001

Trimorphon, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 37, 2001

String Quartet No. 3, 'Songs of Dirges', Op. 42, 2002–03

Wandering in the Gardens of Esperides, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet, cello, Op. 46, 2003

Oracles, cello, piano, Op. 47, 2003


Requiem, mixed chorus, timpani, string orchestra, Op. 23, 1998

Four Pieces (texts from traditional sources from Greece), mixed chorus, Op. 38, 2001


Three Lullabies (texts by the composer, traditional sources from Greece), soprano, piano, Op. 18, 1997

Three Songs on Poems of George Seferis, baritone, violin, Op. 41, 2002


Dance of the Lunar Spirits, Op. 8, 1994

Sonata Grotesque, Op. 16, 1996

Little Suite, Op. 19, 1997–98

Five Moments in a Ladybird's Life, Op. 33, 2001

Nereids, Op. 40, 2002


Concerto Grosso, fixed media, Op. 44, 2001–03

Ultimate Destinations, fixed media, Op. 45, 2003


Five Greek Tunes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, Op. 39, 2001–02