Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis, composer (New Haven, CT), has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, and the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others. He has also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-7 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Christopher holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship to France to study with Tristan Mural at IRCAM, a Tanglewood fellowship, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy award for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work The Here and Now based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral work Rainbow Body has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium, having been performed by over 150 orchestras internationally. Christopher has written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their “New Brandenburg” series, and two operas for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies. Thomas Hampson sang the lead role in the San Francisco work. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano, and has just had his concert length oratorio Creation/Creator recorded with them. His new work Dreamtime Ancestors, for the orchestral consortium New Music for America, will be played by over fifty orchestras this coming season, and his work Five (after Bill Viola) was recently premiered by the Miro String Quartet for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. He has served as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, and he is a former faculty member of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as well as the Juilliard School. Christopher is currently a professor at Yale. Previous Yellow Barn Young Artists Program faculty (since 2007)