Composer CHRISTINA ATHINODOROU (born in Cyprus, 1981) is increasingly rising into international prominence, with a catalogue of more than fifty compositions to date, written for instrumental, chamber, ensemble, vocal and orchestral forces.
Regularly performed in Europe and beyond, her music has been described as “atmospheric, strangely fascinating”, “enchanting” and “substantial” by international press, and broadcast on BR Klassik, CyBC, RAI3 and France Musique. It has been featured in some of the most significant festivals and venues such as the Biennale di Venezia, MITO Settembre, ISCM World New Music Days 2013 and 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Music Biennale Zagreb, deFilharmonie Chamber Series, Salle Pleyel, Konzerhaus Berlin, Grafenegg Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Her exploration of the orchestral universe, led to performances of her music by distinguished orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, State Academic Orchestra of St Petersburg, Athens State Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskyla and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée to name a few. She has also worked with important ensembles, soloists of our time including the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Sentieri Selvaggi, Ensemble Aleph, Ensemble BlauerReiter, Ensemble Reconsil, Het Collectief, Nomos Ensemble de Violoncelles, Elias String Quartet, Alexis Descharmes, Alda Dizdari. Her music has been championed by conductors such as Pablo Heras-Casado, Pierre-André Valade and Jean Deroyer.
Athinodorou has received international awards for her music in competitions including the the Prix du Jury and the Coup de cœur du public for her symphonic work Intermède pour une mer jamais vue and published by Durand in the 1st Île-de-Créations Competition 2013 in France; the 2nd Prize in the 1st Sibelius competition in Finland 2015 for her choral work De l’Âme; an honorable mention for her Alma for Viola and orchestra in the 6th Prokofiev in Russia in 2012; and the Young Composer’s Award of the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Young 2006-7 in England. Her work has been supported by commissions from institutions and organisations including Radio France, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Amici di Sentieri Selvaggi, Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture, Pharos Arts Foundation and others, leading to works including Aktaí for ensemble, and Sterna for clarinet and string quartet.
Appearing also as a conductor, Athinodorou shows a particular interest in combining the standard repertoire with 20thc. music and contemporary creations. “Comfortably, yet intensively interpreted”, her conducting has led her to collaborations with ensembles and orchestras including the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Casa da Música, Jyväskylä Sinfonia Finlandia, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Symfonieorkest and the London Sinfonietta amongst others. She has received the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary destined for “a promising emerging musician in the field of performance (conducting)”, and her work has been enhanced by the advice of important maestros of our time including Alan Hazeldine, Mark Shanahan, Jorma Panula, Peter Eötvös, Lothar Zagrosek among others. In 2017, she founded the contemporary music-oriented Ensemble Cyclamen of which she is the music director.
Christina Athinodorou studied composition and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for five years, where she was a student of Julian Philips and Alan Hazeldine, and later, she lived in Paris where she continued studying composition privately with Philippe Leroux. She took courses at the Centre Acanthes in Metz, University of North Texas, CNSMD de Lyon, Composit Festival, and IRCAM. She was an artist-in-residence at the Cité des Arts and the CAMAC in France. She holds a PhD in Composition from the Royal Holloway University of London and she is regularly invited to teach as well as to present her work in institutions including the European University Cyprus and the London College of Music. A freelance artist Christina resides in Cyprus and continues to maintain strong artistic bonds with both Paris and London.