Wellknown writer and composer
Graciela Paraskevaidis is a writer, a composer and an author, well known for her work and talent all over the world.
Graciela Paraskevaidis was born on 1 April 1940 in Buenos Aires and is hailing from Greece. She studied music at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Buenos Aires, where she was a composition student of Roberto García Morillo. In 1965-66, Paraskevaídis attended courses with Gerardo Gandini, Iannis Xenakis and others on a scholarship at the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. From 1968-71, she completed composition studies with Wolfgang Fortner at the Freiburger Musikhochschule on a grant of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and in 1984, Paraskevaidis lived in Berlin as a guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.
After completing her studies, Paraskevaidis took a position at the Universidad Nacional in Montevideo where she taught from 1985–92 and also worked as a composer. She has also given lectures and seminars and led workshops in summer and regular courses at higher music institutes in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay), as well as in Europe (Austria, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).
Her compositions have received awards in Argentina (from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes and the Municipalidad de Buenos Aires), Germany (from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin) and Uruguay (from the Juventudes Musicales) and have been performed in concerts and festivals in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Since 1975, Paraskevaidis has been writing essays on contemporary Latin American music, several of which have been published in specialized magazines, such as Pauta, Revista Musical Chilena and MusikTexte. From 1990-99, she was co-editor of the World New Music Magazine, the yearbook of the ISCM. Since 1992, she has been a collaborator to the dictionary Komponisten der Gegenwart. Paraskevaidis is also the author of two books, “La obra sinfónica de Eduardo Fabini” (1992) and “Luis Campodónico, compositor” (1999), and co-editor of www.latinoamerica-musica-net.
She was a member of the organizing collective of the Cursos Latinoamericanos de Música Contemporánea (CLAMC) from 1975-89. She also is a member of the Núcleo Música Nueva de Montevideo and of the Sociedad Uruguaya de Música Contemporánea.