Andys Skordis (Cyprus, 1983) is a composer of contemporary music, with special emphasis on large scale works, music theatre and site specific pieces. His music is often characterised as archaic and dark, resulting in performances which are frequently compared with rituals or ceremonial occurrences. His work list includes operas, orchestral and chamber pieces, Gamelan music, vocal works, as well as music for dance, theatre and short films. In addition, he has created various music theatre performances in site specific locations like quarries, temples, abandoned buildings, forests, floating stages, and more. His music has been performed worldwide and has received international recognition through prizes and awards. Most notably he received the BUMA Toonzetters prize, as well as awards from ISCM, Fedora platform, Third Coast Percussion group, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and more. Recently he was awarded with the Black Pencil Prize 2020. Besides composing, he teaches rhythmical complexity and development and has also supervised and conducted works of music theatre. Furthermore, he is an artistic collaborator with the Greek National opera, the music curator of Xarkis festival, among the board of directors of Visual Voices, and the guitarist of Monsieur Doumani. Andys studied composition at Berklee College of Music and at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, with additional studies in Karnatic music with Dr Rafael Reina and in Balinese Gamelan at ISI Denpasar in Bali.
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Andys Skordis is a composer emphasising on contemporary music, music theatre and site-specific works. He was born in Cyprus in 1983, and has been living abroad since 2001. He graduated in Composition and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, and followed with post-graduate studies composition at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, studying with Richard Ayres and Wim Henderickx. Additionally, he studied Karnatic music for five years with Dr. Rafael Reina in Amsterdam, and Balinese Gamelan at ISI Denpasar in Bali.
As a composer he finds inspiration in the primordial human nature, which is reflected through a contemporary methodology in his compositions. His recent works find inspiration from ceremonial and mystical rituals from around the world, as well as his personal experiences. These incentives are expressed as a representation of a contemporary ritual characterised by tension and mysticism in his music.
Andys has written over sixty compositions, comprising mostly of operas, orchestral and chamber music, oratorios, gamelan pieces and music for theatre, dance and short films. His music has been performed worldwide at festivals and concerts by many renowned ensembles, as well as amateur groups. He has also created and conducted various music theatre performances in unconventional locations such as Temples, abandoned buildings, forests, floating stages, staircases and more.
His music has also received international recognition through prizes including the Buma Toonzetters Prize 2012 (composer of the year in The Netherlands), the 1st and 2nd prizes in orchestral competitions by the Cyprus Symphony orchestra, prize at the International competition for piano quintet 2016 in South Korea, Black Pencil prize, as well as further awards and scholarships from Iceland, Mexico, Indonesia, Cyprus, the Netherlands and USA. In 2020, he is selected as one of the two finalist for the Berliner Opera Prize, and as a finalist for the Prix Annelie De Man and for Black Pencil Prize. In addition he was selected as an emerging composer by Third Coast Percussion group in Chicago, and his team at the National Opera of Greece was awarded with the Fedora prize Opera & Ballet, for the project CO-OPERAtive.
Besides composing he is the founder of the free improvisation collective “The Brain Masturbation” and the contemporary ensemble“PATSIAOURA”. He is also the music curator of Xarkis festival & residency, member of the board of directors of Visual voices, and an artistic collaborator with the Greek National Opera, involved in interdisciplinary projects with Teenagers, unaccompanied minors, inmates and elderly people. As a teacher he taught at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, and presented seminars and workshops on Karnatic music in universities and festivals in Europe, Asia and America. Lastly, he plays guitar with his band Monsieur Doumani, a multi awarded trio from Cyprus, performing in world music festivals and venues all over the world.