"...Antoniades managed to capture in this one piece ... the spiritual heights, the drama, the tension, and the all-encompassing sound of the notes filling the space ... totally immersing the listener in this world of sound created by the composer."
The National Herald, NYC
Born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus, Aris Antoniades has composed the original soundtrack for the Cannes listed short-film Not Now (Short-Film Corner 2014), as well as five other films. His latest soundtrack for the film Ophelia, by Katalina Gutierrez, is currently in audio post-production.
Mr. Antoniades' concert music is heavily influenced by his Greek heritage: merging Hellenic folk dance rhythms with Byzantine ritual chants. His works have been performed across Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His recent symphonic work, Chiaroscuro (2018), was recorded by the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece (ERT) and has been broadcast by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation throughout the 2018-2019 season. His Nostos (2018), for Saxophone and Piano, co-commissioned by the University of Sydney and the Australian ensemble HD Duo, was featured by the group in their 2018 World Tour. More recently, his Toccata & Fugue (2019) for organ was performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC (March 2019). Last November, Antoniades toured Cyprus with the Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band, showcasing his two newly composed Big Band works based on traditional Cypriot tunes.
Mr. Antoniades's arranging credits include a variety of different styles and genres. His arrangement of Lalo Schifrin's famous Mission Impossible theme has been performed by the multi-Grammy nominated MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC. His concert and marching band arrangements are often performed by the Military Music Corps of the Cypriot National Guard. As an orchestrator, he has recently collaborated with Broadway music-director, composer and pianist Andrew Gerle, providing some of the orchestrations for MSM's production Tony Awards: The Early Years directed by Joe Locarro (NYC, 2017). In October 2019, he provided some arrangements and orchestrations for X-Factor (Greece) Judge George Theofanous’ new show Mary – The Mother of Light. Earlier that year, Antoniades released his EP Covers, a reimagination of popular and musical theater songs of different styles, and from different eras, arranged for a cabaret setting.
A recipient of the Fulbright award, Mr. Antoniades completed his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where he studied with Dr. J. Mark Stambaugh, receiving the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation. Mr. Antoniades is honored to have been the recipient of the Manhattan School of Music International Advisory Board and the A. G. Leventis Foundation scholarship awards.