Andreas Papapetrou is a composer, performer, researcher 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, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the National Maritime Museum, Barbican Exhibition Halls, the Colourscape, Athens Megaron, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Cyprus Theatre Organisation THOC and the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. To date he has composed for, performed in and curated six large-scale interdisciplinary performances of his own compositions, such as Reclaiming the Roof (Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 2018), Sound and Seek (Colourscape Commission 2017, Clapham Common), Desmōtēs (BoCCF, 2017), The Sounding Museum (BoCCF, 2017), Exercise: Les Noces (Trinity Laban Parallax 09: Peckham Asylum, 2016), Out of thin air (Zero Wave: Old Finsbury Town Hall, 2016).
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, Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, Aristotle University Thessaloniki Choir, Hellenic College of Music Choir, Thessaloniki State Conservatory Choral Ensemble, Prinz Achmed Orchestra, Cyprus National Guard Philharmonic, Rebetiko Carnival, Travmaties Kanape and the Grendel Babies.
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 Dominic Murcott and Sophie Fuller.
He has studied music composition with Michalis Lapidakis, Panayiotis Kokoras, Errollyn Wallen, Stephen Montague and Dominic Murcott. He has studied piano performance with Elena Sophocleous, Emilia Tzima and Douglas Finch, accordion with Irinoula Constantinidou and singing with Yula Michail.
His awards and scholarships include: Eye Music Trust Music Commission (2017), Onassis Foundation Scholarship for Hellenes (2012-2015), Trinity Laban Conservatoire Silver Medal Composition Prize (2011), Trinity Laban Conservatoire MMus Prize (2011), A. G. Leventis foundation Scholarship (2009-2011), Nicolas Economou Foundation Scholarship for Music Studies (2010), Bratton Scholarship, Trinity College of Music (2009), 3rd prize in Evangelia Tjiarri International Piano competition (2001), Elli Makridou Award, Hellenic College of Music (2001), Kapsalis Music Prize, Pancyprian Gymnasium of Nicosia (2001), Finalist in the Pancyprian Piano Competition for young pianists, Steinway Club Cyprus (2000), Praise in the Pancyprian Piano Competition for young pianists, Steinway Club Cyprus (1998).
He is currently a scientific collaborator of the European University of Cyprus and also works as a music teacher at the English School of Nicosia. He has been working in music education for the last ten years. His research interests focus on exploring music primarily as the social activity of performance. 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.
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2018 Presentation at the EUC International Composition Workshop 2018, European University Cyprus.
Performer in Moving Silence, 10th X-Dream Festival, ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, Cyprus.
Composer for 1st Cyprus Hip Hop Dance Theatre Platform, Egomio Cultural Centre, Cyprus.
Composer for ECMTA, Four Hands piano commission, Pharos Arts Foundation, Cyprus.
Composer and director for Reclaiming the Roof, Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Cyprus.
Composer for Tratsik string quartet concert series, Cyprus.
Composer and sound designer for XPAT installation by Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Royal College of Art, London.
2017 Composer for Sound and Seek, Colourscape Music Festival 2017 commission, Clapham Common, London.
Composer and curator for Desmōtēs at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Composer for Tutu & Pointes, a short film by Iria Pizania, London.
Composer for Odos Klementos documentary by Elena Charalambous, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Composer and performer in Curious Unfinished, Barbican Exhibition Halls, London.
Composer and curator for The Sounding Museum at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Composer for Parallax 09 | Exercise: Les Noces, collaboration with Elena Koukoli, Peckham Asylum, London.
2016 Composer for Colourscape Music Festival 2016, part of a set by Bastard Assignments, Clapham Common, London.
City University Alumni Showcase composition commission for percussion, City University London.
Pudili: Music for Children composition commission for children’s choir, Athens, Greece.
Composer and performer for Out of Thin Air for walking choir and dance, Zero Wave, Old Finsbury Town Hall, London.
2015 Khôra Residency for film and sound artists, Syros Sound Meetings & Syros International Film Festival, Ano Syros, Greece.
Composer and performer in CSM DanceLab 2015, devised performance workshop, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London.
Composer for Parallax 05: Trinity Laban Composers at the ICA, ICA, London.
Composer for the Music Theatre Hub #2, Gallery Café, London.
2014 Composer and performer for Gil Teixeira’s CEEMI concert for 4 iPads, Curious Festival 2014, GSMD, London.
Commission for the Fidelio Trio, premièred on February 25th 2014 at Trinity Laban, London.
2013 Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra commission, premièred October 31st 2013, Blackheath Halls, London.
Composer for Caryatid Unplugged (Edinburgh Fringe) by Evi Stamatiou, Upopirates Theatre Company, Edinburgh.
Curator and composer for Bailed Out Performing Arts Festival, Vibe Gallery, London.
Composer, performer, event curator for Radical Ensembles concert, ICA, London.
CUK Research Forum, paper presentation, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Music and dance workshop mentor for I’m Still Talking, Trinity Laban’s CoLab 2013, London.
Composer, performer, concert curator at the 4th Plinth Exhibition, ICA, London.
2012 Soloist in Out of the Cage: A centennial celebration of John Cage and Friends, TLCMD, London.
InTime Symposium 2012, paper presentation and performance, Coventry University.
Preparing to Teach seminar series, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.
Composer, performer and curator in Sounds New Festival 2012, Canterbury.
Performer in John Paul Jones’ Co-Motion at Kettle’s Yard with Trinity Contemporary Music Group.
Soloist In Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities, at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Composer and performer in WorkInProcess 4 Festival, St Paul’s Covent Garden, London.
Music workshop leader, co-devised ReSound, part of Trinity Laban’s CoLab Festival 2012.
2011 Composer for I Eat Me (Athens) and Grand Master (Cyprus) by Fibre Performing Arts Company.
Steel Butterfly, Harpsichord & Electronics composition workshop, Handel House, London.
Greenwich International String Quartet Festival commission, National Maritime Museum, London.
Composer for short films Thicker than water by Christoffer Eide and Home Upgrading by Carmen Zografou, London.
London-Jerusalem Project commission, Trinity Laban & Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Soloist in Graham Fitkin’s Hotpo, Southbank Centre’s Ether Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
2010 Composed music for Fibre Performing Arts Company’s On Body performance, Pallas, Cyprus.
Violin Electronica, composition workshop with Darragh Morgan, TCM, London.
CoMA Voices workshop for contemporary choral composition and performance, TCM, London.
2008 Contemporary Composition Workshop, with Theodoros Antoniou, Athens Megaron, Greece.
2007 Aleatoric Composition and Conceptual Improvisation workshop and concert,
with Gerhard Staebler and Kunsu Shim, University of Macedonia, Greece.
2003 Arranger and performer for Cyprus National Guard Philharmonic’s concerts, Cyprus & Greece.