Profile

George Christofi

Composer / Guitarist

 

 

 

Among the main constructive elements of Christofi’s music is the physical transformation of sound. On one, explicit level, this metamorphosis is mainly based on the direct timbral alteration of the sound achieved by the use of extended instrumental techniques; on another, implicit level, the manipulation of sound’s spectrum (spectral analysis) through harmonic material results in a harmony vs timbre equilibrium which also influences the formal structure of a work.

 

Christofi’s music reached audiences in more than 15 countries worldwide and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Festivals which hosted George’s music include: ‘Clarinet baix i electronica’ by PHONOS-FUNDACIÓ MÚSICA CONTEMPORÀNIA (Spain), International Music Festival Heidelberger ‘Frühling 2007’ (Germany), ‘Attention Musiques Fraîches ! 2008’ Festival (Belgium), Pescara Fiera Festival 2008 (Italy), 2008 Seoul International Computer Music Festival (Korea), Nuova Musica a Treviso (Italy), The 3rd Pharos Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus), ECO Sound (Belgium), Centro Culturale San Fedele - Electrobag on Tour (Italy), the 21st International Review of Composers (Serbia), LondonEar Contemporary Festival (U.K.) among others.

 

During his U.K. residency had enjoyed a 6-year shortlisting by the London based artistic organisation Sound and Music (ex- SPNM: Society for the Promotion of New Music). Whilst studying Composition, Orchestration, Analysis, Stylistic Composition and Performance (Guitar), Christofi graduated at the University of Hull (B. Mus. First Class Honours) and was awarded a prize for his exceptionally high results and academic excellence. After a University Of York Scholarship he furthered his work in Composition under the supervision of Thomas Simaku where he obtained his Masters (MA) with Distinction, and has gained a PhD, funded by the Vinson Award, The Sir Jack Lyons Research Grant and The A.G. Leventis Foundation Research Scholarship.

 

As a guitarist, he studied with Tom McKinney and Craig Ogden (Royal Northern College of Music) and obtained his Licentiate diploma in Guitar Performance (LGSMD) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He actively participated in Masterclasses under the direction of David Russell, Hübert Käppel, Antigoni Goni, Aniello Desiderio and others and he is a founding member of the EGTA Cyprus Association.

 

George had the opportunity to externally study with distinguished composers, such as Ferneyhough, Sciarrino, Hosokawa, Neuwith, Boesmans, Harvey among others, at various international artistic programmes where he was selected as a fellow in venues including: the Centre Acanthes (selected for three consecutive years in France and Belgium), Voix-Nouvelles Residency (Fondation Royaumont, Paris), Ircam Academy (Glasgow), Premio Niccolò Castiglioni (Centro Culturale San Fedele, Milano, Italy), the VICC Residency (Visby, Sweden) and others.

 

Since 2011, George has been teaching at the Department of Arts of the European University Cyprus and is a Classical Guitar Instructor at the Music Lyceums of Nicosia and Larnaca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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