Andreas Papapetrou is a London-based composer, performer and music teacher. His compositional output includes works for various ensembles in different genres, ranging from solo to full symphonic orchestra works, as well as works of electro-acoustic and electronic music, and works for theatre, film and dance. A classically trained pianist and accordionist, he focuses on contemporary music works, cross-arts performance and improvisation.
His works have been performed by the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, the DissonArt Ensemble, the Athens Contemporary Music Ensemble, the CoMA Voices London, the Marson Harp Trio, the Solstice and Wu string quartets among others in various venues in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1984, he started studying music at an early age, receiving several scholarships and awards along the way. He graduated from the Hellenic College of Music in 2001 with a Piano Teaching Degree (Ptychion) with distinction. He continued his studies in Greece, graduating from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki in 2008, with a Diploma in Piano Performance with distinction, and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009, acquiring his Ptychion (BA & MA Degree) in Composition with distinction. He then moved to London, where he studied composition at Trinity College of Music, acquiring his MMus in Composition with distinction in 2011. In 2016 he finished his PhD in Creative Practice - Composition (Passed without amendments) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, supervised by Dr Dominic Murcott and Dr Sophie Fuller.
His research interests focus on exploring music primarily as the social activity of performance – including the rituals around it – instead of as abstract works. His recent compositions examine the relationships between performers, audience and performance space, by addressing the function of the fourth wall as part of musical performance and experimenting with its non-sonic constituents.
As a performer he has presented debut performances of several contemporary music works for solo piano or chamber music ensemble. He is a performing and recording musician within several ensembles, choirs and popular music bands including 6daExit, OPM, Negma, AnSa Duo, TL Contemporary Music Group, AUTh Choir, HCM Choir, TSC Choral Ensemble, Prinz Achmed Orchestra, CNG Philharmonic, Travmaties Kanape and Indigo Flow.