Christopher Theofanidis, Artist
Christopher Theofanidis is a composer whose awards include the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007
he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now
, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body
, has been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally. Theofanidis was Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006
seasons, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Most recently was the debut in 2011
of his first major opera, commissioned by San Francisco Opera. The Heart of a Soldier
opened to record-setting attendance and received high praise. Theofanidis teaches graduate composition at Yale University School of Music.