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Interview with Composer Christopher Theofanidis

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Composer Christopher Theofanidis
Photograph by Matthew Fried


Christopher Theofanidis, born in Dallas in the 1960’s, of Greek descent, holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston. His music has been described as “unabashedly joyful” (Boston Globe) and “lyrical, exotic soul-searching” (New York Times). His newly revised Violin Concerto will have its first performance on the Albany Symphony Festival concert at EMPAC, Saturday night, June 3, 2017 the cornerstone of this year’s American Music Festival. Theofanidis previews that work, and even talks about some classic 70s TV.

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*Theofanidis Violin Concerto featuring Sarah Chang, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andriss Nelsons, conductor, used with permission.