Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis’ work has been performed by many leading orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), the London Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Moscow Soloists, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the California Symphony (for which he was composer-in-residence from 1994 to 1996), the Oregon Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit, among others. His musical-dramatic work, The Refuge, received its premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 2007. Theofanidis has been the recipient of the International Masterprize (hosted at the Barbican Centre in London), the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Charles Ives Fellowship. He was recently nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work The Here and Now, which received its premiere at Carnegie Hall by the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been performed by more than 70 orchestras during the last ten years. He has served as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Foundation's Leadership Program and is a former faculty member of the Juilliard School. Theofanidis currently teaches at the Yale School of Music; he previously taught composition at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.