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Theodore Antoniou

Born: 1935

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Argyropoulos

Theodore Antoniou, one of the most eminent and prolific contemporary artists, leads a distinguished career as composer, conductor, and professor of composition at Boston University. He studied violin, voice, and composition at the National Conservatory in Athens, with further studies in conducting and composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and the International Music Center in Darmstadt. After holding teaching positions at Stanford University, the University of Utah, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he became professor of composition at Boston University in 1978.

Theodore Antoniou's works are numerous and varied in nature, ranging from operas and choral works to chamber music, from film and theater music to solo instrumental pieces--his scores for theater and film music alone number more than a hundred and fifty compositions. One of his most successful works, the opera Bacchae, was given its first fully staged production for the Athens Festival in Greece. His newest opera, Oedipus at Colonus, commissioned by the Süd-West Rundfunk, Baden-Baden, in Germany, to be paired in programs with Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, was premiered in Athens in May 1998; in August of the same year, the work received the prestigious Music Award presented annually by the Hellenic Union of Music and Theater Critics.
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