[ Composition ]
Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967) regularly writes for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to opera and ballet. His work Rainbow Body, which is loosely based on a melodic fragment of Hildegard of Bingen, has been programmed by over 120 orchestras internationally. Mr. Theofanidis’s works have been performed by such groups as the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano. His Symphony No. 1 has just been released by that orchestra on disc.
Mr. Theofanidis has written widely for the stage, from a work for the American Ballet Theatre, to multiple dramatic pieces, including The Refuge for the Houston Grand Opera and Heart of a Soldier with Donna DiNovelli for the San Francisco Opera. His large-scale piece, The Here and Now, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, based on poetry of Rumi, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007.
Mr. Theofanidis is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He is also a fellow of the US-Japan’s Leadership Program. Upcoming works include the opera Siddhartha for the Houston Grand Opera, a new work for the Miró String Quartet for Chamber Music Monterey Bay in collaboration with the multimedia artist Bill Viola, and a evening-length oratorio, called Creation/Creator for the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus. He was recently commissioned to write the required solo piano work for the fiftieth anniversary of the Van Cliburn Competition.