© 2016 by Ann-Kristin Sofroniou Pianist

CV

Ann-Kristin Sofroniou

Born (and raised until the age of 8) in Stockholm, Sweden 

Originally from Nicosia, Cyprus 

Lives & works in Athens, Greece & London, UK

kristin.sofroniou@gmail.com

My work concentrates on the role of the performer today as a multi-dimensional professional who multitasks as researcher, performer and curator. Within my work, as the performer, researcher and curator of my own performances, I aim to create something new, or do something in a different way, not only through playing new repertoire, but also by presenting older, canonical repertoire alongside it in an inventive way.

Education

 

2011 - 2016  PhD in Creative Practice (Piano Performance) with the title: 

'Recycling Music-Recycling Performance: Exploring the uses of existing music in piano works of Rochberg, Goehr and Sharman'

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

 

2006 - 2009  MMus in Piano Performance

TL Conservatoire, London

Grade: 73.20 (Distinction)

 

2000 - 2005  BMus Hons in Music

University of Macedonia, Greece 

Grade: 9.19 (Distinction)

 

2003 - 2006  Diploma in Piano Performance

Conservatoire of Northern, Greece

Grade: 10 (Excellent)

 

2002 - 2004  Diploma in Harmony

University of K. Matsiggou, Greece

Grade: 8,5 (Merit)

 

Piano Teachers  Douglas Finch, Yonty Solomon, Milena Mollova

 

Employment

2018-19   Artistic Associate at the 'Learning & Participation' Department of the Greek National Opera, Greece

Grants & Awards

2018   Ministry of Education & Culture, Cyprus 

2016   HelpMusicians UK - for attending 'Concert as Theatre' course at the Banff Centre of Arts (Canada) 

2013 - 2015  Onassis Foundation Scholarship for the completion of PhD, Greece 

2012   Post-graduate Bursary - TL Conservatoire,               London

2012  The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, London

2009  TCM MMus Prize (highest MMus final mark), London 

2009  'Il Circolo' Piano Competition - third prize, London

2007 - 2009  Cypriot State Institution Scholarship for the completion of MMus, Cyprus

Recordings/ Publications

2018, December Publication of article: 'Tales of a Talking Piano: Performing for childlike adults or adultlike children' on ÍMPAR Online journal for artistic research in music, Vol. 2, Nº 1, 2018 Music for and by children, p. 49-62  

2014, January  Tristan, Isolde (2009) by Marc Sabat (version for two pianos returned in Just Intonation). Recorded by Ann-Kristin Sofroniou and Lara Dodds-Eden, piano. Available from PLAINSOUND MUSIC EDITION 

2012, May  Piquant Pieces, for six-hands piano by Kaja Bjorntvedt. CD recorded by Marcelle Zahra, Ann-Kristin Sofroniou and Stella Parlavantza. Available from Musikk-Husets Forlag 

Performance

My area of expertise is contemporary music and a significant part of my work deals with the study and performance of new works, collaborating with composers in premiering new works, such as Rodney Sharman, Marc Sabat, Douglas Finch, Andys Skordis, Kaja Bjorntvedt, Andreas Papapetrou, etc.

 

I have given recitals in international music festivals of contemporary music, such as ‘Music Connects the OCC and the Panteion University, Vol. 2’ (Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, 2017), ‘Barbican Curious Festival’ (Barbican Centre, London, 2016), ‘Concert as Theatre’ (Banff Centre of Arts, Canada, 2016), ‘Music Village Agios Lavrentios’ (Greece, 2015), ‘Casalmaggiore Music Festival’ (Italy, 2014), ‘Aurora Chamber Music Festival’ (Sweden, 2012), etc.

 

I regularly collaborate with other artists in creating cross-art performances, such as with the writer Andriana Minou in the project Tales of a Talking Piano (literature and music), with Daphne Sgourou (video artist) and Evi Nakou (sound artist) in the project Isomorphism (live installation for live piano) and with the visual artist Ernesto Neto for Liquid Night.

Academic 

As a researcher, I have attended conferences giving lecture recitals, such as Musichildren’17: Music for and by Children (University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2017), Cooking Art-Consuming Art (Senate House, London, 2017), CUK PGR Forum (Royal College of Music, London, 2016), and InTime Symposium (University of Coventry, 2013) amongst others.

I was the artistic director and organizer of the conference «Musical Recycling in Keyboard Music» at TL Conservatoire (London, 2014). I have worked as a Project Mentor for student projects at TL Conservatoire as part of the module ‘CoLab’ (London 2013). Additionally, I had the post of the Student Representative for Research Degree Programme at TL Conservatoire from 2015 to 2016.

Educator

As an educator, I currently hold a position as the Artistic Associate at the Greek National Opera’s ‘Learning and Participation’ department (February 2018 – August 2019). Moreover, I have been teaching piano, theory, harmony, improvisation in group and individual lessons since 2009.

 

I have led many educational workshops for children in London and Athens, such as the workshop 'Discovering the Fairy Queen' for children 14-18 years old with composer Andys Skordis, in which children composed their own version of Purcell's opera 'The Fairy Queen' (Greek National Opera, 2018). 

 

I have a special interest in promoting contemporary music and free improvisation to children and young pianists through a series of actions: group teaching of particular contemporary music for children and free improvisation to young pianists; performances of 

contemporary music for and about children.