Koimadis, Arghyris, Greek composer; b. Constantinople, Feb. 14, 1924. He was taken to Athens in his infancy. He studied piano at home and then with S. Farandatos at the Athens Cons, (graduated, 1952), and also studied law at the Univ. of Athens. After studying composition with Papaioannou at Athens’s Hellenic Cons, (graduated, 1956), he continued his studies with Fortner in Freiburg im Breisgau (1958–61). In 1963 he joined the faculty of the Freiburg im Breisgau Hochschule für Musik, becoming a prof. there in 1972.
dramatic:Der Gummisarg (1968); Die verhexten Notenstander (1971); Der Ausbruch (1975); Die Bassgeige (1979; rev. 1987); Lysistrata, after Aristophanes (1983); Der Sandmann (1986). orch:Chorikon I (1958) and II (1960); Triptychon (1964); Heterophonika Idiomela (1967). VOCAL: Quattro pezzi per trio et soprano (1968); Die Nachtigall for Soprano and 10 or More Double Basses (1975); 9 Gedichte des M. Sochtouris for Bass, Chorus, and Instrumental Ensemble (1980).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire