Alexis Porfiriadis is a composer and improviser currently based in Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece. He studied composition with Gerd Kühr (MA, 2002), and Beat Furrer (postgraduate, 2003) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz/Austria. As an improviser, he has worked with a number of artists in cross-media collaborations in Greece, Austria and Serbia, and in 2007 he co-founded the large-scale, mixed-media improvisation ensemble 6daEXIt. His compositions have been performed in Europe, in Canada and the U.S.A. He is currently working towards a PhD focusing exclusively on composition for improvisers, supervised by James Saunders.