Maria Kaoutzani

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Cohort Year: 2016
Advisor(s): Augusta Read Thomas
Research Interests: immigration and identity, US-based immigrant composers, female composers, underrepresented composers
Education: MM, New York University; BA, University of York


Maria Kaoutzani (b. 1993) is a composer from Cyprus based in Chicago, IL. Color and texture are central elements in her work, and she enjoys exploring how a number of instruments can function as a unified entity that evolves in time. Winner of the American Prize, and currently a composer in residence at National Sawdust, Kaoutzani’s works have been performed in Europe, Asia, North and South America by ensembles such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, New York Contemporary Ensemble, ~Nois quartet and others. Kaoutzani is a Lindsay fellow and PhD candidate in Music Composition at the University of Chicago, and holds a Master’s in Music Theory and Composition from New York University  and an undergraduate degree in music from the University of York. 

Teaching Experience

  • MUSI 103 – Instructor (Fall 2019)
  • MUSI 103 – Course Assistant (Spring 2018)