Music and technology talents combine to produce prize winning graduate

Published: 8 November 2006 at 11:26

Who showcases his talent at forthcoming Cambridge Music Festival Concert.

A top-performing international student who has just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Creative Music Technology from Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences is in line to collect a prize for his achievements.

Orestis Karamanalis (28) who chose to come to England from Greece to study for a music degree, gained an exceptionally high first at the University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts which has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating in the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) assessment of all higher education institutions.  As he collects his outstanding degree award he will also pick up the McLeod Prize for the best Combined Honours student on an Arts, Law and Social Sciences programme.

During his time in Athens, he studied a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Applied Mathematics while making and releasing music during these study years.  He then selected Anglia Ruskin University study based on the recommendation of a friend and from information he found on the internet. 

He switched from a mainstream Music Degree to a Creative Music Technology degree combined with Music. His main interest lies in composition and especially electroacoustic music composition, a type of music which includes the manipulation of sound by using electronic technology. 

Now, as he embarks on a PhD in Composition and Human-Machine Interaction at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University, in Belfast, his talents are being showcased at an Anglia Ruskin music concert (19 November) Space Calculated in Seconds – The Music of Edgard Varèse and Beyond which is part of the forthcoming Cambridge Music Festival.

The concert features marimba player Daniella Ganeva, the Anglia Sinfonia conducted by Paul Jackson, and new works for percussion featuring Orestis and Julio d'Escrivan performing sound and image manipulation. Commenting on the reasons behind his own personal success, the Orestis comments modestly:

“Humans born with a talent that is never practiced can never become really good at what they are doing.  Effort and time reveal the capabilities of anyone. It’s all about commitment.”

Looking ahead, Orestis is considering a forward career path which combines teaching and composing.