Michalis Keffalas [MA (York), PhD (London), HonFNAM, BA (Hon) Hum (Open)] was born in Athens in 1966. He is son of Petros Keffalas and Calliope Karamanlis, from Oinousses, Chios. He studied music at Greek conservatories (Diploma in composition, Theodore Antoniou, John Ioannidis) and at the British Open University. In 1994 he established the ‘Alypius’ Music School. In 1996 he was appointed music teacher in primary schools. From 1999 he specialized in composition at the Universities of York (David Blake) and Goldsmiths London (Roger Redgate) on a five-year educational leave (scholarship) granted by the Greek Ministry of Education.
He has been awarded a scholarship by the I.D. Pateras Panchiakon Foundation and a grant from N. Lemos Avra Shipmanagement S.A. He won a prize in the competition Young Composers of Next Generation in the Athens Concert Hall (2000), second prize in his final examinations in composition (2002), three prizes in the International Composition Competitions (2008 & 2010, Volos, Greece), three prizes and a special mention in the International Music Prizes for excellence in Composition (2009 & 2011, USA, Greece), the second Shakuhachi Chamber Music International Prize (2010, Australia), the fourth prize in the International Composition Contest Yin & Yang (2010,Taiwan) and a special mention in the IBLA World Music Competition (2011, USA). Works of his were selected for performance at the 2nd Alfeo Gigli International Festival of Composition (1997, Italy), for the final examinations of Brussels Conservatoire (2009, Belgium) and at the 18th International Review of Composers (2009, Serbia). In 2009 he was elected Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Music (Colorado, U.S.A.).
His work includes more than 100 compositions of music for children, song cycles, chamber music, incidental music for theatrical plays and orchestral music. His research interests range from science fiction opera and the harmony of the spheres to the music education of people with special needs and of immigrants. He has authored ‘A Handbook for Entrance Examinations to Music Departments of Universities’ (2 editions), ‘The Microcosm of Manos Hadjidakis’, ‘Six Works 2000-2004’, ‘Rembetiko in Schools’ and edited the collective work ‘36 Scores for all. Greek Composers innovate and …dare. Innovative Teaching Suggestions’. The period from 2007 to 2011 was artistic director of Municipal Conservatory of Hymettus (Athens).