Short Biography

Composer CHRISTINA ATHINODOROU (born in Cyprus, 1981) is increasingly rising into international prominence, with a catalogue of more than fifty compositions to date, written for instrumental, chamber, ensemble, vocal and orchestral forces.

Regularly performed in Europe and beyond, her music has been described as “atmospheric, strangely fascinating”, “enchanting” and “substantial” by international press, and broadcast on BR Klassik, CyBC, RAI3 and France Musique. It has been featured in some of the most significant festivals and venues such as the Biennale di Venezia, MITO Settembre, ISCM World New Music Days 2013 and 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Music Biennale Zagreb, deFilharmonie Chamber Series, Salle Pleyel, Konzerhaus Berlin, the Grafenegg Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Her exploration of the orchestral universe, led to performances of her music by distinguished orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, State Academic Orchestra of St Petersburg, Athens State Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskyla and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée to name a few. She has also worked with some of the most important ensembles and soloists of our time including the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Sentieri Selvaggi,  Ensemble Aleph, Ensemble BlauerReiter, Ensemble Reconsil, Het Collectief, Nomos Ensemble de Violoncelles, Elias String Quartet, Alexis Descharmes, Alda Dizdari. Her music has been championed by conductors such as Pablo Heras-Casado, Pierre-André Valade and Jean Deroyer.

Athinodorou has received international awards for her music in competitions including the Prix du Jury and the Coup de cœur du public for her symphonic work Intermède pour une mer jamais vue and published by Durand in the 1st Île-de-Créations Competition 2013 in France; the 2nd Prize in the 1st Sibelius competition in Finland 2015 for her choral work De l’Âme; an honorable mention for her Alma for Viola and orchestra in the 6th Prokofiev in Russia in 2012; and the Young Composer’s Award of the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Young 2006-7 in England. Her work has been supported by commissions from institutions and organisations including Radio France, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Amici di Sentieri Selvaggi, Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture, Pharos Arts Foundation and others, leading to works including Aktaí for ensemble, and Sterna for clarinet and string quartet.

Appearing also as a conductor, Athinodorou shows a particular interest in combining the standard repertoire with 20thc. music and contemporary creations. “Comfortably, yet intensively interpreted”, her conducting has led her to collaborations with ensembles and orchestras including the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Casa da Música, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Symfonieorkest and the London Sinfonietta among others. She has received the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary destined for “a promising emerging musician in the field of performance (conducting)”, and her work has been enhanced by the advice of important maestros of our time including Alan Hazeldine, Mark Shanahan, Jorma Panula, Peter Eötvös, Lothar Zagrosek among others. In 2017, she founded the contemporary music-oriented Ensemble Cyclamen of which she is the music director.

Christina Athinodorou studied composition and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for five years, where she was a student of Julian Philips and Alan Hazeldine, and later, she lived in Paris where she continued studying composition privately with Philippe Leroux. She took courses at the Centre Acanthes in Metz, University of North Texas, CNSMD de Lyon, Composit Festival, and IRCAM. She was an artist-in-residence at the Cité des Arts and the CAMAC in France. She holds a PhD in Composition from the Royal Holloway University of London and she is regularly invited to teach as well as to present her work in institutions including the European University Cyprus and the London College of Music. Christina resides in Cyprus and continues to maintain strong artistic bonds with both Paris and London.

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Long Biography

Composer CHRISTINA ATHINODOROU (born in Cyprus, 1981) is increasingly rising into international prominence, with a catalogue of more than fifty compositions to date, written for instrumental, chamber, ensemble, vocal and orchestral forces.

Regularly performed in Europe and beyond, her music has been described as “atmospheric, strangely fascinating”, “enchanting” and “substantial” by international press, and broadcast on BR Klassik, CyBC, RAI3 and France Musique. It has notably been featured in festivals and venues such as the Biennale di Venezia, MITO Settembre, ISCM World New Music Days 2013 and 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Music Biennale Zagreb, deFilharmonie Chamber Series, Salle Pleyel and Konzerhaus Berlin.

Athinodorou begun exploring the orchestral universe early in her musical route, and she continues to enjoy a particular affinity with writing for large formations. A short, yet distinct piece in her catalogue, Votrys for symphony orchestra (2014), has received its world premiere at the Grafenegg Festival, and subsequently it was performed successfully at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Her symphonic Intermède pour une mer jamais vue was awarded with both the Prix de Jury and the Coup de cœur du public (president Oscar Strasnoy) and led to a series of performances with the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France around Paris, and later to its Greek first performance by the Athens State Orchestra. Important collaborations with orchestras include those with the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich; State Academic Orchestra of St Petersburg who performed Alma for Viola and Orchestra following a distinction at the 6th Prokofiev Composition Competition in Russia; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä; and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée among others. She was also the recipient of the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra young composers’ award in 2005-6 in the UK, which resulted to a series of new works including Sword Dance for Percussion Ensemble and Naked Branches I for String Orchestra. Christina has also worked with important ensembles and soloists of our time including Ensembles Aleph, Reconsil, BlauerReiter, Elias String Quartet, Sentieri Selvaggi, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Alexis Descharmes, Cristo Barrios and Michael Bridge. Her music has been championed by conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Pierre-André Valade and Jean Deroyer.

Athinodorou has received commissions from institutions and organisations including Radio France, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Amici di Sentieri Selvaggi, Musik der Jahrhunderte, European Capital of CulturePafos2017, Pharos Arts Foundation and others. These led to the creation of various works including Aktaí for ensemble, Sphinx Umgekehrtfor six singers and small instruments, Sterna for clarinet and string quartet, En Root for clarinet, cello and pianο, as well as a series of fixed media works for collaborative projects. Besides her close collaborations with talented soloists, which have resulted to works such as Aosmon for Solo Violin for Alda Dizdari and Wasted Window for Guitar for Nikos Zarkos, she has composed for for less usual, yet fascinating formations including Aigaio In Memoriam Ilias Venezis for 12 Violoncellos (2012), premiered by Ensemble Nomos in Paris, Passager (2017) for solo Accordina for Stéphane Puc, and Re:Mains for Multi-Pianist (2013-15) premiered by Annini Tsiouti as part of the composer’s first portrait concert in her native Pafos. Her vocal works include the song-cycle Àngel Inmenso, for Soprano and Piano Trio, based on poetry by F.G.Lorca as well as her choral piece De l’âme, for which she received the 2nd Prize in the Sibelius competition in 2015 (president Kaija Saariaho).

After her music studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for five years, where she was a student of Julian Philips and Alan Hazeldine, Christina lived in Paris where she continued studying composition privately with Philippe Leroux. She also took courses at the Centre Acanthes in Metz, University of North Texas, CNSMD de Lyon, Composit Festival and IRCAM. She was an artist-in-residence at the Cité des Arts and the CAMAC in France. She completed a PhD in Composition at the Royal Holloway University of London, supervised by Michael Zev Gordon in 2011. Her research focused on composition processes as responses to gesture, pitch, duration, timbre or volume, in relation to motion, silence or stasis. She has taught at the RHUL, the European University Cyprus and the London College of Music and she is frequently invited to talk about her music, continuing her research independently, focusing on matters of pacing and different qualities of movement. She has also served as a jury member in composition competitions and calls, in the UK, Italy and Cyprus.

Christina Athinodorou also appears as a conductor, showing a particular interest in combining the standard repertoire with 20thc. music and contemporary creations. “Comfortably, yet intensively interpreted”, her conducting has led her to collaborations with ensembles and orchestras including the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Casa da Música, Jyväskylä Sinfonia Finlandia, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Symfonieorkest and the London Sinfonietta and others. She has received the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary destined for “a promising emerging musician in the field of performance (conducting)”, and her work has been enhanced by the advice of important maestros of our time including Alan Hazeldine, Mark Shanahan, Jorma Panula, Peter Eötvös, Lothar Zagrosek among others. She is the founder and Music Director of the contemporary music-oriented Ensemble Cyclamen.

Christina resides in Cyprus and continues to maintain strong artistic bonds with both Paris and London.

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