2. Richard Clement (voice, opera)
3. Kent Smith (voice, opera)
5. Nevart Galileas (flute, flute ensemble, chamber music)
6. Christos Galileas (violin, chamber music)
7. Yannis Tsitselikis (cello)
8. George Konstantinidis (piano)
9. Alex Peh (piano, collaborative piano)
10. Nickitas Demos (composition, contemporary ensemble)
11. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis (composition, contemporary ensemble)
W. Dwight Coleman, baritone is Professor of Voice and Coordinator of External Relations in the School of Music at Georgia State University. He is the Executive/Stage director of the nationally recognized Harrower Summer Opera Workshop in Atlanta, lead voice teacher and resident stage director for Lefkas Music July Festival in Lefkada, Greece and former resident stage director of the La Musica Lirica Summer Opera Festival in Italy. Maintaining an active performing career in opera, recital and oratorio, Mr. Coleman has performed in Italy, U.S.A, Austria, Greece, China, Taiwan, Brazil, the Bahamas, Germany and France. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem and was later featured at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center as baritone soloist in Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams. Other performances include Ravel's Chanson Madecasses with the Musica da Camera in Atlanta; Eight Songs on text by Walt Whitman by Ned Rorem and "I remember long ago" from the Great Gatsby by John Harbison, with the composers in attendance; Elijah with the Pensacola Symphony and Choral Society; premiere performances of Waltzing Through the Endtime with the Atlanta Chamber Players, acclaimed as one of the top three classical performances in Atlanta 2005; and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his numerous collegiate operatic productions as a stage director, Mr. Coleman's professional credits include original language productions of: La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, L'Elisir d'amore, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Highway I U.S.A., The Impresario, Rigoletto, Suor Angelica, Falstaff, La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Don Giovanni, L’incoronazione di Poppea and others. He has directed premiere performances of five contemporary operas.His numerous awards include Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Chicago, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year; Finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation competition in Italian Opera; winner of the National Opera Association's Opera Production Competition as stage director for his production of The Saint of Bleecker Street, winner of the Pro Mozart Society competition to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with Grace Bumbry and Kerstin Meyer, and a Bel Canto grant to study in Busseto, Italy with Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi and Piero Cappuccilli. At Georgia State University he received the 2000 Torch of Peace Award for promotion of racial harmony, the 2005 Sparks Award for dedication to service at Georgia State University and the 2007 College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teacher Award. As a recitalist, Derrick Henry, critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution stated: "He grabbed one's attention immediately with his imposing, resonate voice and his theatrical manner. What made his recital special was the ability to make a listener identify with the texts' protagonists, to feel their joys and sorrows."
Richard Clement, tenor, is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Clement has collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory.
Kent Smith, a native of Parkersburg, WV, is known for a varied musical career. Smith has appeared in a wide variety of roles in opera, operetta, musical theatre, and on the concert stage with companies such as Opera Festival of New Jersey, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera on Tour, Opera at Florham, American Music Theatre Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, The National Opera Company, New York City Opera, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other performances in recital and concert include the Caramoor Music Festival, Westchester Oratorio Society, Thomas Tallis Scholars, Coro de Camera, and Musica Antiqua of Santa Fe. He was part of the acclaimed national tour of the Tony Award Winning Play, Master Class, as well as performing the same play with TheatreWorks in the Bay Area, both of which he was Musical Director as well. Mr. Smith’s vocal master classes are presented throughout the country and the world, and he maintains his private vocal studio in New York City. Mr. Smith runs the voice department at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where is Associate Professor of Voice. In 2012 he presented and produced the first ever student opera, “The Medium” at SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Smith was on the faculty of University at Buffalo for 4 years, where he was also Director of the Opera Studio and has also taught in Italy at Centro Studi Italiani and at Centro Studi Lirica as well as in Pennsylvania at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. In 2011 he began his own program in Italy called Lingua e Lirica Italiana, where he was the artistic director.2016 performances have included appearances with the Innisfree PianoTrio, Newburgh Chamber Music Festival, as well as the Husdson Valley BachFest. In 2017 Mr. Smith was also seen at the Gala Opening Night for Opera Niagara in Canada as Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme as well as performing at the famous Casa Verdi in Milan, Italy. This November he will be portraying the role of composer Virgil Thomson in the opera "The Mother of Us All" at the historic Hudson Opera House. Mr Smith received his artists’ diploma in vocal performance from the Curtis Institute of Music after having received his BFA in French horn performance from Carnegie-Mellon University. He was awarded the Masters in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Current students of Mr. Smith have been accepted to some of the most prestigious conservatories (Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Columbia University, New York University). Singers from Mr Smith’s studio have also competed and won at the state, regional and national levels for the Young Artist Competition of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association
Christy Lee continues to lead a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and educator. In the world of opera, Lee has worked as pianist, coach, and assistant conductor at Opera Memphis, Chattanooga Opera, Pensacola Opera, Cleveland Opera, Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Lake Placid International Voice Seminar, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Dorian Opera Theatre. She has worked regularly as Music Director for the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop (Atlanta, GA) and as Principal Coach for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Lakeland, FL). She made her conducting debut in Mozart, Flute of Heaven while serving as Music Director for the Vocal Arts Apprentice Program of Lyric Opera Cleveland in its 1996 Festival Season. She has also served on the musical staff of Voci nel Montefeltro, an opera training program located in Novafeltria, Italy, assisting in such productions as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s Falstaffand performing in recital in a variety of venues across the Marche region of Italy. From 2008 to 2014 she was on the faculty at the College of The Bahamas where along with COB colleagues Christine Gangelhoff (flute) and Christian Justilien (euphonium), she was a founding member of C Force, the premiere chamber group of the College of The Bahamas. Since their inception in 2008, this innovative ensemble has been offering a unique approach to the concept of chamber music by specializing in performances of Caribbean art music. Their repertoire includes traditional Classical music as well as arrangements and original compositions from a wide variety of Caribbean composers. They are quickly gaining popularity in the Caribbean region having performed recently in the Dominican Republic, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as throughout the islands of The Bahamas. Their first CD, Tchaka Mizik, is a reflection of C Force’sunique fusion of cultures and styles. It was produced in 2010 at the world-renowned Compass Point Studios in Nassau and was hailed by Jamaican-born pianist Paul Shaw as “Sheer Magic!” Their subsequent CD’s, Deep Blueand Tour de Force, are dedicated to the music of The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Active as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Dr. Lee collaborates with both instrumentalists and vocalists. She has appeared in concert throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Recent performances have been with Stanford Olsen, tenor, with the Nassau Music Society, cellist Kenneth Law at the Grand Bahamas Performing Arts Society, and soprano Caroline Schiller at the Memorial Arts Series in Newfoundland, Canada. Other recordings include Belgian Music for Cello and Piano with cellist Wesley Baldwin (Centaur label) and Broadway Baby, a collaboration with soprano Dalia Feldman produced as a fundraising project for young Bahamian musicians. Dr. Lee was Director of Accompanying and Music Director of UT Opera Theater and the Knoxville Opera Studio at The University of Tennessee for seven years; in addition, she has held academic appointments at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Encore School for Strings, Delta State University, Florida State University, and Maryville College. As an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, she serves regularly as a collaborative pianist and clinician at national and district conferences as well as with honor choirs throughout the country and Caribbean. In May of 2012 she had the pleasure of being a translator and vocal coach for the inaugural US/Cuba Choral Summit in Havana, Cuba and was as an Executive Leader for America Cantat 2016 in The Bahamas. Dr. Lee holds the DM in Accompanying and Chamber Music from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the prestigious University Fellowship. She received the Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in piano performance from The University of Alabama and the Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the first Madame Gwendolyn Koldofsky Accompanying Award and was recently honored with the Brooks Smith Outstanding Alumni in Collaborative Piano Award. She made her orchestral debut with the Jackson (Tennessee) Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 1988 Mid-South Piano Concerto Competition. Lee is the newest member of the music faculty at Mississippi State University and resides in Starkville, MS
Greek-Armenian flutist Nevart-Veron Galileas is an artist enjoying an international career as soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and pedagogue. Having performed in countries such as Austria, Armenia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Rumania, Japan, and the USA reviews have emphasized on her «musicality, lyricism and tone quality».
Dr. Galileas has performed and given master classes at international music festivals and institutions such as : «Renaissance» International Festival (Gyumri-Armenia 2014), West Texas A & M University (Canyon-Texas 2013), International Chamber Music Festival of the T.C.H. Organisation (Greece, 2013), Odysseia Symposium (Atlanta-Georgia 2010, 2011, 2012), 13th International Festival of Kavala «Y.A. Papaioannou» (Greece 2012), Georgia State University (Atlanta 2010, 2011, 2012), Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music (France 2011), Rutgers University (New Jersey 2010), Kutztown University (Pennsylvania 2010), Dimitria Festival (Greece 1999, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014), Nafplion Festival (Greece 2009), Rhodes Festival (Greece 2009) and the Summer Music Academy in Athitos (Greece 2007, 2008).She has appeared as soloist with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Brasov Symphony Orchestra (Rumania), the Ploesti Philharmonic Orchestra (Rumania), the Orchestra Citta di Grosetto (Italy), the Symphony of the Americas (Florida, USA), the Amarillo Virtuosi Chamber Players (Amarillo, Texas), the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the City Orchestra of Thessaloniki (Greece). She has also appeared as guest artist with the Cadence Ensemble (Armenia), the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble (Atlanta, USA) and the ECCE (East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, USA). Throughout her career Nevart-Veron has collaborated with distinguished artists such as: Thomas Robertello, Michael Palmer, Christos Galileas, Timothy Hester, Ilarion Ionescu Galati, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Maria Asteriadou, Brandt Fredriksen, Byron Fidetzis and Yiannis Tsitselikis. She has recorded for EBU (European Broadcast Union), Euroradio and her performances have been broadcasted on BBC and PBS. She has also recorded with the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble on Albany Records a CD featuring the works of Theodore Antoniou, Nickitas Demos, George Tsontakis and Christos Samaras. In 2013 and 2014 Dr. Galileas served as a member of the woodwind jury committee of the «Renaissance» International Festival in Gyumri (Armenia) and in the 2014-2015 season she was a juror for the apexart art organization of New York. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with the renowned flutist Michel Debost and Kathleen Chastain receiving the Bachelor of Music degree in 2001. She continued at Indiana University-Bloomington where she studied with Kathryn Lukas receiving the Master of Music degree in 2004 and was appointed the teaching assistant of flute position. In 2006 she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied with Carol Wincenc. Nevart-Veron plays on a 14-carat gold flute built for her by David Straubinger.
Hailed by many critics as a «genuine virtuoso», «an incredible mixture of dazzling virtuosity and immaculate musicianship», «an artist of rare originality and utmost integrity», Christos Galileas has enjoyed an international career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, and teacher. Christos Galileas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He took his first violin lessons at the age of four with his father Kosmas Galileas, the distinguished Greek violinist and conductor, and continued studying with Professor Stelios Kafantaris. He was awarded first prize and the gold metal for his outstanding musical abilities upon graduating from the Conservatory of Athens in 1994. While still a student he began an active career with international solo appearances and individual recitals. His first public appearance at age sixteen was with the Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki with an impressive performance of the Paganini violin concerto no 1. From 1994 to 1995, he studied with Zachar Bron in Lubeck Germany. He continued his studies with the renowned professors Roland and Almita Vamos at the Oberlin Conservatory where he received the «Dean’ s Talent Award» and got his B.M. degree. In 1995 he won the first prize at the «National Competition for Scholarships» of Greece, and two years later he was awarded the «Alexandra Triandi» scholarship of the «Megaron» of Athens. Since then he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, the Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Athens, the National Radio Orchestra of Greece, the Prague Symphony, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of Toronto, the Symphony of the Americas (Fort Lauderdale Florida), the Ploesti and Baccau Symphony Orchestras (Romania), the «Prague Virtuosi», the Orchestra Citta di Grosseto (Italy), the Symphony Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria), the Lisbon Chamber Orchestra (Portugal), the Latvian National Orchestra, the «Camerata Stuttgart» (Germany), and the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Prague). He has made appearances at the International Festivals of «Nafplio» (1993, 2001), «Dimitria» (1994, 1998, 2003, 2004), the Music Festival of Armenia (1994), the Festival «Kypria» of Cyprus (1995), «The Festival of Patra» (1998), «Heraklion Summer Art Festival» (1999), the Festival of Classical Music of Larnaca», Cyprus (2001), the festival of Catania in Sicily (2001), and the «Festival Lago di Como», Italy. He has also appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Music Academy of Vienna, as well as the «Camerata» Orchestra of «Megaron» of Athens for the opening of the International Festival in Patra. In 1997, Christos Galileas won the first prize at the Greek National Competition for violin, held by the Cultural Association «TECHNI», in collaboration with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the Cultural Capital of Europe «Thessaloniki 1997». Of special significance was his collaboration with acclaimed pianist Dimitri Sgouros with whom he has played extensively since 2000. In May 2001 he received the Master’ s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with the distinguished Professors of violin Dorothy Delay and Naoko Tanaka. In March 2001 he had the honor of receiving the first prize in the «Kate Neal Kinley Memorial fellowship» competition of the University of Illinois.In 2002, he founded the «Hellenic Camerata», a chamber orchestra with 22 members, and had an extensive tour in North, Central and South America in many countries such as: USA, El-Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Uruguay and gave more than 35 concerts in 7 weeks. In December 2005 he received his Doctorate Degree in Violin Performance (Doctor of Musical Arts) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Galileas has been invited to teach violin and chamber music extensively in renowned institutions such as:: The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina, New York University, Penn State University, University of Houston, The State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, The Athens Conservatory among others. Dr. Galileas has held important administrative positions which include: Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series at the «Dimitria» International Festival of Thessaloniki (2003-2010), Board of Directors of the State Conservatory of Greece and State Orchestra of Thessaloniki (2014-present). Highlighted appearances included the performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Mischa Maisky, and the collaboration with the Borodin Quartet and the George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest (Romania). He has appeared as a soloist at some of the world’ s most prestigious concert venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Musikverein (Vienna), Gasteig (Munich), Smetana Hall (Prague), Athenaeum (Bucharest). In 2007 Christos Galileas joined the faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta (USA). Dr. Galileas plays on a 1705 Joseph Guarneri violin.
Yannis Tsitselikis was born in Thessaloniki and graduated from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki in 1990. His first important cello teacher was Manolis Kazabakas. He completed his studies (with scholarships from the British Council, the Onassis Foundation, and the Foundation of State Scholarships) at the Royal College of Music in London with William Pleeth, at the Eastman School of Music in the United States with Steven Doan, and at Indiana University with Janos Starker, where he earned his master of music degree in 1998. Tsitselikis gave signs of talent early in life. His career started at the age of 14, with solo recitals in Athens, Thessaloniki, and other Greek cities, as well as with recordings for the Third Program of the Greek Radio and Television. At the age of 16, he was honoured with first prize at the competition of the Graduate Association of Thessaloniki Conservatories and gave recitals organized by the Athens and Thessaloniki state orchestras. In 1989, he represented Greece in Venice in a concert organized and televised by Italian Radio Television.Tsitselikis has performed recitals in Athens, Belgrade, London, Oxford, and Houston, among other cities. He has appeared as a soloist with important orchestras in Greece as well as abroad, such as: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov; Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna, under the direction of Philippe Entremont; Youth Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate, with which he toured many cities in Germany; and the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Hobart Earle.Tsitselikis is a member of the World Orchestra for Peace as one of its principal cellists and took part in the orchestra’s tours in Europe (2003), Russia (2005), and China (2007), under the direction of Valery Gergiev. In October 2004, he toured to Budapest, Singapore, and India as concertino cellist of the Maggio Musicale of Florence, under the direction of Zubin Mehta.Since November 2000, Tsitselikis has been solo cellist at the State Orchestra of Athens.In 2015 he was the assistant of Chris Rex at Georgia State University and was invited twice by J.T.Dodson to give solo performances with the Adrian symphony orchestra in Adrian and the BBSO in Detroit.He plays a 1900 Leon Bernadel cello and uses a Voirin bow bequeathed to him by the English cellist Amaryllis Fleming.
The pianist Georgios Konstantinidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduating with honors from the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, he entered the National Conservatory in Paris in the class of Bernard Ringeissen and Jacques Rouvier (Prix d’ Excellence, Prix de Perfectionement). He also attended master classes with Paul Badura Skoda and Bruno Leonardo Gelber. In 1993 he won the first prize in the National Chamber music competition and in 1998 he won the second prize in the National Piano Competition. He has made many appearances as soloist as well as chamber music player in USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Romania and Egypt playing among others with the famous pianist Cyprien Katsaris and the Enesco Quartet, and with such orchestras as the Philharmonia of Greensboro, the Westchester Univerisity Orchestra, the Symphonia Bucharest Orchestra and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. He has given master classes at the Univerisity of Catania in Italy. Konstantinidis appeared in several International Festivals where his performance was highly praised by the press. Recently he found great interest in the repertory for the left hand. In April 2006, April 2008 and April 2010, he organized in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine in Hanover, the First and Second and third International Musicians’ Medicine Congresses in Greece. Up until 2010, he was director of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, the only one in Greece. He is currently President of the Thessaloniki Conservatories Board of Alumni, Vice President of the Friends of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and Vice President of the Hellenic Association for the Medicine and Sciences of Dance and the Performing Arts. He holds a degree and a master’s diploma in law.
Alex Peh is an active and versatile teaching artist, performing throughout the United States in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Austrian Embassy, Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple.He appeared as featured soloist with the Filarmonica Pitesi, Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, and Washington Sinfonietta, performing Beethoven Concerto no. 1 op. 15, Mendelssohn concerto no. 1 in g minor and Mozart Concerto in A Major KV 488. His recordings have been aired on Chicago classical radio WFMT 98.7 and Washington D.C Classical radio, WETA 90.9. In 20142015 season, Mr. Peh presented a discussionrecital series featuring the music of Dmitri Shostakovich in collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic String Quartet, returned to the Kennedy Center Millennium stage to perform Beethoven’s Clarinet trio with members of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, performed the great woodwind quintets of Beethoven and Mozart with members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and will return to Washington DC to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor with the Washington Sinfonietta. Alex Peh balances a schedule of performing and teaching with a focus on outreach. He interacted with audiences in lecture recitals at the Austrian Embassy and the Levine School of Music in Washington DC, He directs student outreach programs to local community centers, curates a music lecture series at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg Maryland, and teaches college students as an Assistant Professor of Music at SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Peh has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff Centre keyboard festival. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center as an instrumental piano fellow for two summers. He worked with conductor Charles Dutoit in a performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Tanglewood Festival Choir. Mr. Peh also worked with Peter Serkin, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Pamela Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson and Paul Lewis on a diverse array of projects ranging from classic to contemporary repertoire. Mr. Peh collaborated with dancer and choreographer, Stephanie Tuley to search for a more intimate partnership between music and dance. Together they presented new ballets set to live performances of Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka and Liszt’s transcription of Schubert’s Winterreise. They presented this show as part of a weeklong residency at the University of Colorado, Boulder in celebration of the 100year anniversary of the Ballets Russes.Mr. Peh received a B.M and M.M. in piano performance from Northwestern University where he graduated with honors. He earned his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has worked closely with Arnaldo Cohen, Dr. Sylvia Wang, Menahem Pressler and Evelyne Brancart.
Nickitas Demos (b.1962) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Music degree in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principle teachers were Donald Erb (1927-2008) and Roger Hannay (1930-2006).His music has been described as: “rich.powerful…” having “…remarkable substance…” as well as “…lively.attractive, kinetic and…intriguing” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution“…fresh and exhilarating…” – The Nashville Scene“…compelling…deeply evocative music…well worth exploring…” – Georgia Music News “ambitious…sophisticated” and “…a reflection of the current mix of styles and aesthetic postures” – The New Music Connoisseur “[Demos’] music is emotionally direct and powerful, full of tonal complexity and structural sophistication without ever running the risk of being merely clever… Demos is certainly a composer whose ears are open to many different musical idioms, but who is able to synthesize them into coherent music of a distinctive kind.” – MusicWeb International “…substantive…accessible and personal, not derived from any ‘-ism.’ ” –ArtsATL.com For current information, score samples, audio excerpts, videos, blog and much more, please visit: http://nickitasdemos.com/
Yiorgos Vassilandonakis’ portfolio spans across a wide range of influences and styles, venturing into chamber, vocal, orchestral, opera, film, electronic & multimedia genres. Transcending stylistic boundaries, his works are emotionally engaging and cerebral, driven by a strong dramatic and formal sense, revealing a mastery of timbre, sonority and temporal space, and a deep interest in sound itself as a physical entity. Hailed by reviewers as “…a fascinating collection of sounds, inventive performance techniques, some of which first-time events…” (San Francisco Chronicle), “…an intimate, soft poetry that consumed the audience…” (Repeat Performances), “…lingering sonorities and delicacies…” (San Francisco Classical Voice), his music is frequently presented on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been commissioned and performed among others by Southern Exposure, the New York New Music Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, ALEA III, the Del Sol String Quartet, Ensemble Cairn, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Ensemble In Extensio, Empyrean Ensemble, the Athens Camerata, and the Hellenic Contemporary Ensemble, and featured in the Aspen, Ernest Bloch, Domaine Forget, Wellesley and Patras International Festivals. Awards include the 2011 Aaron Copland Prize, 1st Prize at the Mediterranean Music Center 3rd International Composition Competition, the George Ladd Prix de Paris, the Henry Mancini Award, the Eisner Prize in Music, and the Nicola di Lorenzo Prize, as well as grants and additional support from Meet-the-Composer, the American Music Center and the Ministry of Culture of France. His one-act opera Chorevoume (Dance with Me), was commissioned and staged by the Experimental Stage of the National Opera of Greece in 2008. A progressive work combining non-linear narrative and film montage techniques with virtuosic vocal writing and intricate instrumental textures, Chorevoume was enthusiastically received by both audience and critics. Yiorgos holds advanced degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where his principal composition teachers were Edmund Campion, Richard Felciano, John Thow, Jorge Liderman and Cindy Cox. As the recipient of the George Ladd Prix de Paris, he spent two years in Paris, studying advanced composition, orchestration and electronic music with Philippe Leroux, at the École Nationale de Musique et de Danse, Erik Satie. He also studied composition with Paul Reale and Ian Krouse, as well as Film Music with the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, Paul Chihara & Don Ray. His conducting teachers were David Milnes and Jeffrey Schindler. A dedicated educator, Dr. Vassilandonakis has taught Composition and Music Theory at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Virginia, as well as electronic music at the Centre de Création Musicale, Iannis Xenakis, in Paris, before joining the faculty at the College of Charleston in 2010, where he is now Associate Professor of Composition & Music Theory and Director of contemporary music activities, named Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2013. He has penned essays and interviews published in the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), and the College Reference Dictionary Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (Salem Press), and has held composing residencies at Yaddo and at Cité Internationale Des Arts. He is featured in the prestigious New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford University Press), and was named among the 50 most progressive people in Charleston in 2011. Also active as a conductor and proponent of contemporary music, Yiorgos is currently the curator and co-music director for the contemporary music series Magnetic South with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Composer-In-Residence with the Worn Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco.