Bio

 

Haris Sophocleous has recently being awarded a PhD in "Electronic Studio Composition", studying at Goldsmiths University under the supervision of Dr. Michael Young. He is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Nicosia, responsible for the Creative Music Technology concentration.

 

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.

 

  • His third movement of his master thesis "Edge of Perception" won the 2002 USC saxophone competition.
  • His 2005 work "Perception" won the second prize of the "Cyprus Ministry of Education Music Composition Competition".
  • His 2005 work "Viennese" Kalamatianos was premiered by the "Cyprus Symphony Orchestra".
  • 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 opera 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", commissioned 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 with the renowned pianist Ermis Theodorakis premiering "Insanity".
  • Throughout the years, numerous local and international ensembles have performed his contemporary works including TANA String quartet from Belgium, The Dissonart Ensemble from Greece, Contempt Trio from Cyprus, A-trio from Germany, Het Collectief Quintet from Belgium, etc.

 

Since 2006, he is a member of the administrative board 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.