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Christopher Theofanidis


Christopher Theofanidis, an American composer was the winner of the 2003 Masterprize for his orchestral work, Rainbow Body. It was chosen from 1000 entries from 65 countries. The prize and is one of the classical music world’s most prominent and lucrative prizes. Its creator’s stated aim was “to bring music lovers and composers closer together” and to encourage new orchestral music in an accessible style.

Rainbow Body was written in 2000. His recent compositions include a viola concerto, the ballet Artemis, and the opera, The Thirteen Clocks. He has won critical acclaim for his compositions, and his portfolio contains works that reflect a more introspective and dissonant character. Dr. Theofanidis currently teaches at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and at the Juilliard School in New York City.  He will serve as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony for their 2005-2006 season.

Christopher Theofanidis


  • Metaphysica
  • Etenraku
  • Creation/Creator