Christina Athinodorou

(born in 1981, in Cyprus), conductor, composer. She studied the piano with Blagovesta Tsankova at the Pafos Academy of Fine Arts and theory of music with Stavros Tsartalis. Studying with Julian Philips under whom she specialized in composition. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London obtaining both BMus and Mmus. For shorter periods she studied the piano with the Russian virtuoso Nikita Fitenko at the University of North Texas and took composition lessons from Robert Pascal at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon in France. Her list of works includes various symphonic, chamber, vocal and electronic compositions as well as the one act Opera Ita Vivam, commissioned by the Guildhall School for graduating singers that was premiered successfully in March 2004 under the composer’s direction. Her music has been performed by the North Texas Ensemble (June 2004, USA), by Stephen Gutman, Richard Benjafield and Endymion as part of the Harrison Birtwistle Weekend (special commission for this occasion) at the Queen Elisabeth Hall Foyer in October 2004, and by such soloists as the young accomplished performers Alda Dizdari, Lefki Karpodini and Richard Russell. Moreover her music could be heard in many concerts organized by the Guildhall Society of New Music, at the Hellenic Centre, Markideion Theatre and the London Contemporary Dance School. An electronic piece of hers was written especially to form the background music for a pre Olympic celebration in Pafos, Cyprus in April 2004 while the Middlesex Hospital, in collaboration with the Guildhall School and the Wigmore Hall, commissioned her to write a new chamber work (July 2003). She participated in the Young Composers’ New Year Symposium organized by the Park Lane Group in January 2005 and more recently in a Masterclass with James MacMillian, in Milan. As well as composing, Christina has also shown talent in conducting. Having joined the classes of both Alan Hazeldine and Sian Edwards, she has seen herself as a conductor of mainly contemporary music.
Selected works: Messa Aktis, 2013, vl, vlc, pf; Intermède pour une mer jamais vue, 2012, orchestra; Aigaio: In memoriam Ilias Venezis, 2012, 12 vlc; Alma for solo viola and Symphony Orchestra, 2011; De l’âme, 2010-11, S,A,T,B; L’autre solitude, 2010, for solo violoncello; Pyrophane, 2009, cl, pf; Black circle, orchestra, 2008; The veil of tears, 2006, vl, vla, vlc; In vein, 2005, V, ob, chit, vlc, perc.
Awards: the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers Award, leading to three commissions for 2006/07; the First Prize in the Panhellenic Chamber music Composition Competition for the 20th Foundation Anniversary of the School of Fine Arts of the “Aristoteleio” University of Thessaloniki, after a decision made upon selection amongst anonymous submissions in October 2005; Hellenic Centre (London) Presentation for songs May 2005