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Praised for the “spiritual heights, the drama, the tension” of his music “immersing the listener into a world of sound” (The National Herald, NYC), composer Aris Antoniades creates works for everything from Symphony Orchestras to Jazz Big Bands. He has written/arranged for eight-times Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece (ERT), twenty-eight-time gold and platinum album vocalist (IFPI Greece) Alkistis Protopsalti, as well as Michalis Hatzigiannis, George Perris, and X-Factor (Greece) judges George Theofanous and Mariza Rizou.
His latest symphonic work, Chiaroscuro, was recorded and broadcast by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, and his Afro-Cuban Jazz arrangement of Lalo Schifrin’s famous Mission Impossible Theme was performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York (Jazz at the Lincoln Center) in the presence of the late conga master Cándido Camero. More recently, his Toccata & Fugue for organ was performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, while his Nostos for saxophone and piano, co-commissioned by the University of Sydney and the Australian ensemble HD Duo, was featured in the group's new album Music of the Commonwealth, published by Da Vinci Classics in November 2021.
Aside from concert works, Aris has written extensively for film and theater, having scored seven short-films, including the film Bizone whose title theme is available on all major streaming platforms. His theater credits include collaborations with Broadway veterans, such as composer/pianist Andrew Gerle, and director Joe Locarro - Aris provided orchestrations for their show Tony Awards: The Early Years. In Cyprus, he most recently composed original music for the Greek experimental play Women of Soil, directed by Ermina Kyriazi.
As of January 2021, he is the artistic director and principal conductor of the TrakArt Pops Orchestra in his homeland, Cyprus. In that capacity he has collaborated with internationally acclaimed Greek composer and pianist Stefanos Korkolis, as well as other important figures of the Greek music world, including singers Kostas Hadjichristodoulou and Sofia Manousaki, and film/T.V. composer Costas Cacoyannis.
A recipient of the Fulbright award, Aris completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where he studied with Mark Stambaugh, receiving the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation. He is honored to have been the recipient of the Manhattan School of Music International Advisory Board and the A. G. Leventis Foundation scholarship awards. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Education at the University of St. Louis, Missouri.