Sylvia Constantinidis

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Sylvia Constantinidis (born 1962) is a Venezuelan-American[1] pianist, conductor, writer, music educator and composer.

Life[edit]

Sylvia Constantinidis was born in Venezuela of European ancestry and began her study of music at an early age in Caracas. Her music teachers in Venezuela were: Blanca Estrella de Mescoli, Modesta Bor, Abraham Abreu, Alberto Grau, María Guinand, Beatriz Bilbao, Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera and Isabel Aretz. She continued her studies in Paris at the Ecole Martenot and the Sorbonne university in Paris. She worked as a pianist in Venezuela, playing with orchestras and touring, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Music at the Central University of Venezuela. In the 1990s, she graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance and later obtained a second Master in Music Theory and Composition, both degrees from the University of Miami, USA.[2] She later studied composition with Ladislav Kubík, in the Czech Republic, and with Malcolm Singer, in England.

Constantinidis began composing at an early age, and is a prolific composer. Her music has been played and broadcast internationally. Besides grants and fellowships, she received The Music Note Award 2003[3] for her 3 children's operas and the ASCAP Plus Award for Concert Music in 2009 and 2010. She is active as a conductor of youth orchestra and serves as artistic director of the Omorfia Contemporary Ensemble and the Southeast Composers Chamber Orchestra. Constantinidis teaches at colleges and universities, and is an advocate for music education. She has served as President of the Southeast Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers of The United States of America).[4][5]

Prizes and honors[edit]

Constantinidis list of grants, and awards include:[6][7]

  • ASCAP-PLUS AWARD –Concert Music-, ASCAP, 2010
  • ASCAP-PLUS AWARD –Concert Music-, ASCAP, 2009
  • International Award: “ERM MEDIA”, MASTERWORKS OF THE NEW ERA RECORDING, SERIES, Volume 14, Jan 2007.[8]
  • “Excellence in Teaching Practices Award”, Miami Dade College, Learning Innovations, April 2007.
  • Golden Apple Grant, Miami Dade College, May 2005.[9]
  • “Dean’s List”, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, 2005.
  • Scholarship: “University of Miami”, Music Theory and Composition Program, Fall 2004-Fall 2007.
  • “Dean's List”, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, 2004.
  • Grant: “THE EDUCATION FUND” Opera Adventure Project Dissemination, May 2004.[10]
  • “Educator of Note Award 2003”, Music Educator of the Year Award, “Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation” and the Young Patronesses of the Opera, the Florida Grand Opera. For creatively motivating and inspiring young children in the field of music education, promoting the Opera field and the creation of Three Children Operas (original composition works), 2003.[11]
  • Grant Participant, START GRANT, The Washington Department of Education. Music and Technology, Nov.2001-Jan. 2003.
  • Grant: “THE EDUCATION FUND” Opera Adventure Project Dissemination, May 2002.[12]
  • Grant, “THE EDUCATION FUND” Opera Adventure Project, Jan 2001.
  • Grant -MDCPS Conductor, String Youth Orchestra Program, Nov. 1999.
  • Artist in Residence Grant: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura CONAC, Venezuela, 1993.
  • Artist in Residence Grant: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura CONAC, Venezuela, 1992.
  • “Dean’s List”, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, 1992.
  • Scholarship: “Paloma O’Shea”, Santander, Spain, Piano Master Classes, 1992.
  • Scholarship: “TCU/ Cliburn Piano Institute”, Fort Worth, Texas, Summer Master Classes, tuition, 1992.
  • Scholarship: “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”.,[13] Venezuela, Graduate Studies: Master, Full Tuition, 1991-1993.
  • Scholarship: “Canford Summer Music Festival”, England, tuition scholarship, 1991.
  • Scholarship: “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”.,[14] Venezuela, Undergraduate studies, full tuition.

Works[edit]

Constantinidis composes for orchestra, chamber ensemble, theater and film scores. Selected works include:[15]

  • “Rubi n Stone”, Op. 69, for orchestra, 2009
  • “Pierrot et Colombine”, Op. 68, Concerto for violin, marimba and orchestra, 2009[16]
  • “Bomarzo”, Op. 67, Concerto for cello and orchestra, 2010
  • “Schönheit”, Op. 66, for piano solo, 2009
  • “Fiddeling Suite”, Op. 65, for string orchestra, 2010
  • “Medusa”, Op. 64, for flute and manipulated sources, 2009
  • “Cantos de Espanha”, Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra, Op. 63, 2008-9[17]
  • “Nostalgia”, Concerto for piano and orchestra, Op 62, 2006-9
  • “Suite Apartaderos”, Op. 61, for clarinet and piano, 2008
  • “Suite Margaritenha”, Op. 60, for clarinet and piano, 2008
  • “French Songs Cycle”, Op. 59, for voice and piano, 2005-9
  • “Tango”, Op. 55, for cello and piano, 2008
  • “Retablos”, Op. 54, for violin and marimba, 2007
  • “Treize Études”, Op. 53, for orchestra, 2006-7[18]
  • “Études de Concert”, Op. 52, for cello and piano, 2007[19]
  • “Études de Concert”, Op. 51, for piano[20]
  • “Density”, Op. 50, Etudes for two pianos, 2007
  • “Sonatina for Joy”, Op. 49, for piano, 2007
  • “Alleluhia”, Op. 48, for choir and orchestra, 2007
  • “Prelude and Toccata”, Op. 47, for piano, 2006
  • “Visions”, Op. 46, for Clarinet and String Quartet, 2006
  • “Lunette”, Op. 45, for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Marimba and Piano, 2006
  • “Amaranta Suite”, Op 44, for two pianos, 2006
  • “Suite a Deaux”, Op. 43, for cello and piano, 2005-6
  • “Pochoclo”, Op. 42, for oboe and clarinet, 2005
  • “Macondo Poem”, Op. 41, for Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon, 2005[21][22]
  • “Petit Fugue”, Op. 40, for String Quartet, 2005
  • “Fugue a Deaux”, Op. 39 for flute, two violins and Cello, 2005
  • “Resonance”, Op. 38, for piano solo, 2005
  • “Heraclium”, Op. 37, for chamber ensemble, 2006
  • “Lunch Break”, Op. 36, for chamber ensemble, 2006
  • “Rubi & Stone”, Op. 35, for flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, French horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola and cello, 2005
  • “Variations on a Twelve-Tone Row”, Op. 34, for 2 flutes, clarinet in Bb, French horn and bassoon, 2005
  • “Imaya’s Miserere”, Op. 33, for choir and orchestra, 2004
  • “Scenes”, Op. 32, for woodwind quintet, 2004
  • “El Yaguarey”, Op. 31, for clarinet in Bb, cello and piano, 2004
  • "Amaranta", Op. 30, for woodwind quintet and Piano, 2004
  • “Walimai”, Op. 29, Symphonic Poem for orchestra, 2004
  • “Rejoice”, Op. 28, for flute and string orchestra, 2003
  • “Christmas Jambouree”, op. 27, for bells, flute and string orchestra, 2003
  • “Tocatta Amazonica”, Op. 26, for piano, 2003
  • “Fandango”, Op. 25, for orchestra, 2003
  • “Dance of the Butterflies”, Op. 24, for string orchestra, 2002
  • “Rubi’ n Stone”, Op. 23, for piano, 2002
  • “Sunrise”, Op. 22, for viola and piano, 2002
  • “The First Thanks Giving”, Op 21, Children Opera, 2002-3
  • “Ponce de Leon”, Op. 20, Children Opera, 2001-2
  • “Lincoln”, Op. 19, Children Opera, 2000-1
  • “Music for Strings”, Op. 18, for string orchestra, 2001-2
  • “Suite Tipica”, Op. 17, for string orchestra, 2001
  • “Suite Indigena”, Op. 16, for string orchestra, 2000-1
  • “Spanish Rhapsodie”, Op. 15, for orchestra, 2000
  • “Latin Rhapsodie”, Op. 14, for orchestra, 2000
  • “Impressions”, Op. 13, for piano solo, 1999
  • “Sonatine No.1”, Op. 12, for piano solo, 1999
  • “Suite Infantil”, Op. 11, for piano solo, 1997
  • “Impresiones de Colores”, Op. 10, for ochestra, 1995
  • “Valses Criollos”, Op. 9, for piano solo, 1990
  • “Variaciones Folkloricas”, Op. 8, for piano solo, 1989
  • “Arreglos Corales”, Op. 7, for choir, 1988
  • “Piano Etudes”, Op. 6, for piano solo, 1984-7
  • “Misa Antigua”, Op. 5, for voices, 1984-6
  • “Piano Miniatures”, Op. 4, for piano, 1983-5

Publications[edit]

  • "Space and Time Continuity: On My 13 Etudes Pour L'Orchestre." Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

Year Published: 2012 / ISBN 978-3848427086

  • "Start Method", a collection of educational materials for piano, strings, voice, solfege, music theory and ear-training.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMERICAN MUSIC CENTER". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Karen; Moulds, Michael; Thorpe, Frances (2004). International index to film periodicals:an annotated guide. 
  3. ^ "Young Patronesses of the Opera". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "NACUSA". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "President's Message". ComposerUSA: The Bulletin of the National Association of Composers USA. IV 15 (1 Spring 2009). p. 2. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ ‘Sylvia Constantinidis, Karen Siegel, Julia Werntz, and Dafina Zeqiri', IAWM Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music 15/2 (2009): 25-27
  7. ^ "NACUSA Member Awards & Reviews". Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Masterworks Fourteen". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Learning Innovations Golden Apple Grant". Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Education Fund. Impact II 2004-2005". Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Young Patronesses of the Opera". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Education Fund. Impact II 2002-2003". Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Fundayacucho". Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fundayacucho". Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "AMERICAN MUSIC CENTER". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Commissions". ComposerUSA The Bulletin of the National Association of Composers USA. IV 15 (3 Winter 2009-10). p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Commissions". ComposerUSA The Bulletin of the National Association of Composers USA. IV 15 (3 Winter 2009-10). p. 7. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Performances". ComposerUSA The Bulletin of the National Association of Composers USA. IV 15 (3 Winter 2009-10). p. 6. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "NACUSA Mid-South Chapter". Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  20. ^ Constantinidis, Stratos E. (2000). Greece in modern times: an annotated bibliography of works. 
  21. ^ "Masterworks Fourteen". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  22. ^ "Southern Chapter, The College Music Society, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico 27th Regional Conference, February 9–11, 2006". p. 16. Retrieved 12 February 2011.