Dr. George Christofi

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Position : Lecturer, Music Theory and Composition

Dr. George  Christofi Mailing Address
Nicosia
Cyprus

Website
www.georgechristofi.com

22713242 22713242

Email: G.Christofi@euc.ac.cy G.Christofi@euc.ac.cy

Profile

Dr George Christofi is a holder of a BMus (First Class), and MMus in Classical Guitar Performance (Distinction) from the University of Hull and an MA (Distinction) and a PhD in Composition from the University of York. His studies were funded by the University of York MA Scholarship, the Vinson Award, The Sir Jack Lyons Research Grant and The A.G. Leventis Foundation Research Scholarship. 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) and his music is now part of the BMC (British Music Collection).

Christofi’s music reached audiences in more than 15 countries worldwide and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Festivals which hosted his 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.), APNM Chamber Music for the 21st Century (New York) among others.

Dr Christofi had also 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.

He is a Music Theory and Composition Lecturer at the European University Cyprus and a founding member of the European Guitar Teachers Association (Cyprus branch). His music has been published by the Italian Publishing House ARS Publica.
Since October 2015, he has been the coordinator of the Bachelor of Music Programme.

 

Selected Performances of Christofi’s works

  • 2016    Music for the 21st Century: National Opera Centre of New York (US)
  • 2015    enLive: Music for Silent Film (Cyprus)
  • 2015    4th Festival of New Music: dissonArt Ensemble(Cyprus)
  • 2014   WUE: Constructing a repertoire, LSO St. Luke‘s (England)
  • 2013   Sinfonieorchester Basel Concert: Das Buch der Unruhe (Switzerland)                                     
  • 2013   40th  JAHRE FREIBURGER SCHLAGZEUGENSEMBLE (Germany)
  • 2013   Artos Foundation: Institut français de Chypre concert Series (Cyprus)
  • 2013   London Ear Contemporary Festival (England)
  • 2012   21st International Review of Composers (Serbia)
  • 2012   The Goethe Foundation: Violin and Piano Recital (Cyprus)
  • 2012   Centro Culturale San Fedele (Italy)
  • 2011   Musik für Zeitgenossen! (Germany)
  • 2011   The 3rd Pharos Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus)
  • 2011   ECO Sound (Belgium)
  • 2010   Ursula Vaugham Williams: In Memoriam (England)
  • 2009   Centre Acanthes (France)
  • 2009   Nuova Musica a Treviso Festival (Italy)
  • 2009   Modular ART World Project in Florida (US)
  • 2008   ‘Attention Musiques Fraîches ! 2008’ Festival (Belgium)
  • 2008   Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya: Bass Clarinet (Spain)
  • 2008   2008 Seoul International Computer Music Festival (Korea)
  • 2007   International Music Festival Heidelberger ‘Frühling 2007’  (Germany)
  • 2007   FESTIVAL AUCARRÉ – PETITES FORMES OPERATIQUES (Belgium)
     

Degrees

  • PhD (Composition), University of York, UK
  • MA (Composition), University of York, UK
  • MMus (Performance, Classical Guitar), University of Hull, UK
  • BMus (Major in Performance and Composition), University of Hull, UK

Research

The main focus of Dr Christofi’s musical research lies on the physical transformation of sound and its relation to the morphological development of a music work. 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 the harmonic material through the application of spectromorphological aspects using computer aided composition tools. Recent research includes the exploration of ways in transcribing studio applied techniques (i.e. wave stretching, sound distortion etc) into acoustic mediums.

Publications

Published Music Scores

  • Palindromon en palindromo for Bass Clarinet  (music excerpts in the Book: Sparnaay, H.  The Bass Clarinet: A Personal History. Periferia Music, 2011, ISBN 978-84-938845-0-5)
  • ΔΙΠΛΟΦΩΝΙΑ-DIPLOPHONIA per flauto     ARS Publica Edizioni Musicali                                      
  • ΣΥΝΕΙΡΜΟΣ-SYNEIRMOS per cello             ARS Publica Edizioni Musicali
  • L'âme du vin per un percussionista                    ARS Publica Edizioni Musicali

 

 

Papers at Conferences

  • A Coloured Theatre: non-conventional instrumental techniques and audio-visual continua in Sciarrino and Lachenmann (Christofi, G. -  Conference titled ‘From Xenakis to the present day: the Continuum and its development in music and architecture’ held in Ruen, France in November 2015)

 

  • Timbral (r)evolution: approaching formal organization through timbre.  (Christofi, G. – Music Conference at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, May 2009)

 

 

Discography

  • Trio Magritte con Paolo Beltramini, Domenico Melchiorre. PROGETTO NICCOLÒ CASTIGLIONI. Track 11 L’Ame du Vin. Edizioni Suvini Zerboni by SFM 2012.