Minos Matsas (composer)

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Minos Matsas, composer, is the grandson of Minos Matsas, a Greek lyricist and music industry executive. He received degrees in Music from the Athens Conservatory, Juilliard school and Columbia University.

Minos Matsas began his career in Athens as a producer at EMI in 1994, while writing music for cinema, theater, dance, classical pieces, and traditional Greek songs.

He started his own label "Messogios" (Μεσόγειος - Greek for "Mediterranean") and launched his own career as a composer. In 1996 he opened Odeon Studios, a state of the art studio complex, which he still manages.

On September 28, 2002, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia celebrated its golden anniversary at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. The Cathedral commissioned Matsas to compose and conduct his piece Ethos: Tribute to the Golden Cathedral.

His works include music for films, theater, dance, animation, popular songs and orchestral music. His CDs have been released by EMI, His Master's Voice and Sony Music. His works have been performed at the National Theater of Greece, the Athens Concert Hall, the Palace Theater and Lincoln Center.

Matsas originally left Greece to attend the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After completing his studies at Juilliard, he moved to Los Angeles, where he is currently pursuing a career in film scoring.

In 2003, his New York debut at Lincoln Center included a performance of his original score Diary of a Lost Girl. In May 2003, Mr. Matsas music was performed at the Metropolitan Opera of New York to accompany the film The Parthenon, directed by the Academy Award winner Costas Gavras.

Minos Matsas is currently based out of Los Angeles where he is credited for having recently scored several independent feature films.

Film Credits

  • Salonica: (Switzerland 2007) directed by Paolo Poloni. Produced by Rose- Marie Schneider. A film about the Sephardic Jews of Thesaloniki
  • Eduart (Athens/Berlin 2006) directed by Angeliki Antoniou. Received 11 State Awards including Best Music Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.
  • A Different Tune: (Los Angeles 2006) directed by Amanda Campbell.
  • OBbscura: (Los Angeles 2005) directed by Andreas Lascaris. First price winner at 2005 Northhampton Independent Film Festival.
  • Making Life Work: (Los Angeles 2005) directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky. Second prize winner at the Kurosawa Film Festival� Tokyo, Japan August 2005.
  • Sleepwalking: (Los Angeles 2005) directed by Tatia Pilieva.
  • Left at Rio Grande: (Los Angeles 2005) directed by Kevin Abrams.
  • Res: (Los Angeles 2004) directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky.
  • Looper: (Los Angeles 2004) directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky.
  • Second Coming: (Los Angeles 2004) directed by Darren Cambpell.
  • Sian Ka'an- Angel in the Rainforest: (Los Angeles 2004) directed by Raoul Garcia. Composed Main Theme song to be performed by Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina.
  • 'The Parthenon": (New York 2003) Original composition performed at the Metropolitan Opera for the film directed by Academy Award winner Costa –Gavras, to be presented also at the 2004 Olympic Games.
  • Shui Hen: (Los Angeles, 2003) directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky.
  • The Harbor Tale: (Los Angeles, 2002). Composed, & orchestrated original music for AFI film.
  • Love is an Elephant: (Greece, 2000). Composed, Orchestrated original music with different ethnic themes. Soundtrack released by SONY RECORDS.
  • Diary of a Lost Girl: (Greece, 1997). Composed, orchestrated, and produced music for the 1929 German silent film classic directed by G.W. Pabst. Soundtrack released by EMI RECORDS. Presented live at the Athens Film Festival, 1997.

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