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Christopher Theofanidis

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Christopher Theofanidis
Professor in the Practice of Composition Yale School of Music
Graduating Class: ’94MMA ’97DMA
At YSM Since: 2008
Award(s): Grammy Award for Best Musical Composition nominations (2017, 2007), International Masterprize, Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Composer of the Year (2006-2007), U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellow.
Teaching is about helping students cultivate an active dialogue with themselves about what they are doing. It is about helping them to see their work the way someone else might see it, to understand it in a less insular way. It is about fostering a sense of community that is inclusive. Above all, teaching is about helping students recognize where their first loves are artistically and sharpening their appreciation and technical understanding of those building blocks in their own voice.

Christopher Theofanidis

Teaching is about helping students cultivate an active dialogue with themselves about what they are doing. It is about helping them to see their work the way someone else might see it, to understand it in a less insular way. It is about fostering a sense of community that is inclusive. Above all, teaching is about helping students recognize where their first loves are artistically and sharpening their appreciation and technical understanding of those building blocks in their own voice.

Christopher Theofanidis regularly writes for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to opera and ballet. His works have been programmed by the world’s most celebrated orchestras, operas, and ballet companies.

Theofanidis is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he heads the composition department and teaches a studio of graduate-level composers. His works are often featured on Yale’s Faculty Artist Series and New Music New Haven concert series. Theofanidis is also currently the composer-in-residence and co-director of the composition program at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He previously taught at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and at The Juilliard School. 

Theofanidis holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and the University of Houston.

Commissions and performances
London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Opera, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Moscow Soloists, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition