Lina Tonia, is a young Greek composer born in 1985.
She studied composition (Bachelor and Master degree) at the Department of Music Studies in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with professor Christos Samaras. Furthermore, Lina completed a PhD in composition in Edinburgh University (2008 – 2012) with professor Nigel Osborne and Michael Edwards, where she was studying with a Greek National Scholarship from Union of Greek Composers (2008 – 2009) and IKY Foundation (2009 – 2011). She studied composition (Master degree) with Michael Jarrell at the Vienna University (2012 – 2013).
Lina worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Music Theory & Composition with a fellowship of Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a member of International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and also of Greek Composer‘s Union. She is jury member in International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences ENKOR. Lina teaches composition at the Department of Music Art & Science of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
Lina worked for her works with many ensembles and orchestras including the Arditti Quartet, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Jalas Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Alea III ensemble, the Hebrides ensemble, the ensemble Marges, the Dissonart ensemble,the Greek National Opera, the State Orchestra of Athens, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and broadcasted on BBC Radio3.
Her fifth string quartet premiered in Wien Modern 2015 by the Arditti Quartet, in Vienna, Konzerthaus Mozartsaal, 2015. Also, she was invited as guest composer to the 15th Piano Campus Competition in Cergy Pontoise 2016, where her piano concerto 'Les Mondes Flottants' commissioned to be premiered on the final stage of the piano competition from the finalists.
She participated in several national and international composition competitions and awarded prizes for her works in New York, Weimar, Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Plovdiv, Sofia, London, Tirana, Zagreb, Athens and Thessaloniki. Lina received the Baerenreiter prize for her work 'CONtrust', 2010. Her chamber opera 'The Expelled' awarded and performed by the Greek National Opera in Athens, 2012. Her chamber opera 'Fear &(s) the Love' awarded and performed in Music Biennale in Zagreb, 2015. She awarded with the title of "Young artist of the year" from the Union of Critics of Music and Theater in Athens, 2008, and the prize of Association Franco Europeenne de l’Alto for the work 'Neuma' (for solo viola), in Paris, 2014. Her work 'Chronographia' was selected to participate at the workshop of Arditti Quartet in Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London, 2014. Also, Lina’s work 'Kivos' for 12 violoncellos, performed in Musikverein as a prize of the Komposition Wettebewerb from the Kunsthaus Muerz, in Vienna, 2013.
She has been participating in composition competitions acquiring prizes for her works. Some of the competitions she won, are: the 4th International Jurgenson Composition Competition 2007 in Moscow (1st prize), the 2nd International Ivan Spassov Composition Competition 2007 in Plovdiv, (3rd prize), the Greek Children Opera Festival 2008 in Thessaloniki, (3rd prize), the 2nd International Ton de Leeuw Composition Competition 2008 in Tirana, (3rd prize), the 11th International Via Nova Composition Competition 2010 in Weimar, (2nd prize), the Golden Key International Composition Competition 2010 in Vienna, (3rd prize), the 7th International Composition Competition Young Virtuosos 2011 in Sofia, (1st prize), the 2nd International Composition Competition Nicolay Myaskovksy 2012 in Moscow, (3rd prize).