Bio

 

Sophocleous Charalambos has recently being awarded a PhD in "electronic studio composition", studying at Goldsmiths University under the supervision of Dr. Michael Young. He is currently a lecturer in creative music technology at the University of Nicosia.

 

At the age of nine, he made his first steps into music. He started private accordion lessons, theory and history lessons at the Hellenic conservatory of music in Cyprus. He graduated with honors in all fields.

 

In 1997, he moved to Chicago continuing his music education at Roosevelt University pursuing his B.A degree in music composition. He graduated with honors in Fall 2001.

 

He studied composition with Robert Lombardo, Pat Morehead, Dan Malone and Stacy Garrop. He also attended workshops and seminars with the conductor of the Chicago civic orchestra Cliff Colnot, the composer Augusta Reed Thomas, the flutist and composer Janice Misurell-Mitchell and many more .

 

In 2002, he moved to USC South Carolina pursuing his Masters. He studied composition under John Fitz-Roger and electronic composition under Reg Bain. He graduated with honors in Fall 2003.

 

The third movement of his master thesis "Edge of Perception" won the 2002 USC saxophone competition, and is currently being performed worldwide. The 2005 work "Perception" won the second prize of the "Cyprus ministry of education music composition competition". His 2005 work "Viennese" Kalamatianos was chosen to be premiered by the "Cyprus national orchestra" at the Strovolos municipal theater on March 9th 2005. In 2007 he collaborated with the "Aristofunny" marionetten theater in Berlin Germany, orchestrating Mozart`s opera "Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serrail" for sampled instruments and singers (premiered in Monaco). In 2008, he was commissioned to write music for the play "Der Prinz Von Venedig" (sponsored by the Embassy of Cyprus in Berlin). The premiere took place at the "Puppentheater Berlin" on Feb. 21st. In 2010, he wrote the music for "A Christmas carol", the famous novel by Dickens, commissioned once again by the Aristo-funny theater. In 2012, pianist Ermis Theodorakis premiered "Transient" (for piano and electronics) and the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble premiered "The God Particle" at PA.SY.DY theater. In 2013, he was commissioned twice by the choreographer Elena Christodoulidou, creating the music for 'Bushes', which was shortlisted for the finals of the 'no-ballet' dancing competition in Frankfurt, and for "Mindgame" premiered at Engomio cultural center in Cyprus. In 2014, the Cyprus High Commission in London with the collaboration of the Center of Cypriot Composers organized a piano concert at the Hellenic Center with Ermis Theodorakis premiering "Insanity".

 

He briefly taught music history and Grade 5-8 theory at "Ethniko Odeon" in Cyprus, as well as giving private lessons to Greek students in the UK preparing them for their music entry exams at Greek universities. He was also a music teaching at Hazelwood elementary school in London.

 

He is also a member of the board of directors of the "Center of Cypriot Composers" (info@cycomposers.com), an organization whose main purpose is to promote contemporary music of young Cypriot composers through concerts and events in Cyprus and abroad.