Sophocleous has recently (2011) 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
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
- 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,
Since 2006, he is also a member of the administrative
board of the "Center of Cypriot Composers"
(email@example.com), an organization
whose main purpose is to promote contemporary music of young Cypriot
composers through concerts and events in Cyprus and abroad.