He was born in Piraeus/Greece in 1956. After graduating in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki/Greece, he begun studying Music, soon to be attracted by Musique Concrète while, at the same time, he begun to study the tenor saxophone as a result of an ongoing interest in afroamerican music and free improvisation. At 1987 he moved to Paris, with the help of a scholarship by the French government, to pursue studies in Electroacoustic Music at the Université Paris VIII with H.Vaggione. After this he has completed an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College where he has studied with D.Rosenboom, L.Polansky, G.Mumma, R.Ashley and A. Braxton. After an audio associateship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, he has returned to Greece in 1991 where for a few years he has worked as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophone player and sound engineer. Since 1995 he lives in Corfu where he teaches at the Music Department of Ionian University as an Assistant Professor of Electroacoustic Music Composition and where he directs the Music Department’s Electroacoustic Music Research Laboratory and the Graduate Program on Sound Arts and Technologies. Mr. Mniestris is a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Electroacoustic Music Composers and the Hellenic Acoustic Ecology Association.
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