Venezuelan American pianist
and composer of European Heritage. She started her musical studies at the age
of three in Caracas , Venezuela. She later moved to Paris where she studied
music at The Ecole Martenot and attended L'Universite Sorbonne de Paris. She
received her Bachelor of Arts and Music at the Universidad Central de
Venezuela. In the 90's, she established herself in South Florida where she
received a Masters in Piano Performance at University of Miami and a second
Master in Music Theory and Composition also from the University of Miami.
Sylvia studied piano with
Rosalina Sakcstein, former student of the world famous pianist Claudio Arrau.
Sylvia has also received master classes from some of the world’s major artists
including: Paul Badura-Skoda, Maria Joao Pires, Stephen Hugh, Dimitri
Bashkirov, Walter Blakenheim and others.
Sylvia Constantinidis was
already established as a pianist in Venezuela when she left in the 1990's. In
South America, she toured several times and played as a soloist with
orchestras. In 1987 she published her first recording: a collection of
Venezuelan Classical music from the XIX century which was very well received by
the critics. She has been recognized by the Venezuelan government with two
'Artist in Residence' Grants from the CONAC –Cultural Nacional Council-, and, two
'Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho' Grants for her undergraduate and later graduate
studies. She has also received scholarships from the University of Miami, the
Canford Music Festival and the Paloma O’shea Piano Festival, among others.
She has participated in music
festivals in Spain, France, England, Czech Republic, her native country of
Venezuela, as well as Central and South America and the USA.
Sylvia has been writing music
since the age of twelve. Her composition teachers include Belgian composer Eric
Colon, American composer Dennis Kam and Czech composer Ladislav Kubik. She
studied orchestration with composer John Vander Slice and composer John
Wallace. She has also attended forums and master classes with American
composers Steve Reich and Phillip Glass.
Her compositions include works
for piano solo, voice, chamber music and orchestra; some of them already
recorded. Her work has been extensively performed in Europe, the USA and the
Americas. Between others, her work has been featured at the “Festival of Miami
-Emerging Composers Night-“, University of Miami “Twilight Composers Series”,
Society of Composers’ Winter and Spring Concerts, Miami Dade College Festival
of The Arts, Miami Dade College New Millennium Concert Series, Steinway Concert
Series, College of Music Society Composers Concerts and CMS National Conference
Artist Engagement Concerts. Her work has been performed at the Czech-American
Contemporary Composers Festival, and other European Venues. In 2007, her
composition “The Macondo Poems” won the “ERM International Masterworks of the
New Era Composers Competition,” and is scheduled to be released in The ERM Masterwork
of the New Era Series Volume XIV. In 2006, the publication of three of her
compositions –“The Macondo Poems” for Woodwind Quintet, the Suite “Rubi ‘n
Stone” for piano, and the “Suite Infantil” for piano- were featured at the MDC
Miami International Book Fair.
Sylvia’s compositions have
been performed on the radio throughout the five continents. In addition to
commissions for piano, ensembles and the orchestral medium, Sylvia has also
written several works of music for films by commission.
As a music educator, Sylvia
has been recognized with several awards including several grants from 'The
Education Funds', and a Miami Dade College "Learning Innovations Apple
Grant". She has also been honored with 'The Music Note Award 2003', a recognition
given by the Patronesses of the Opera and the Kennedy Foundation, for the
writing of her three Children’s Operas performed at Miami Dade-County to
promote music in the schools.
While still very young in
Venezuela, Sylvia took Orchestral Conducting master classes with the famous
Japanese conductor Akira Endo. In Miami, she studied conducting with Thomas Sleeper. Later in South Florida, she created the
Hialeah Elementary String Orchestra' for a DCPS-school. Under Ms.
Constantinidis artistic direction, this youth orchestra program won national
first prize for 'Elementary String orchestras' at the Music Usa Festival 2001,
2002 and 2003. From 2001 to summer 2005, she was an Associate Conductor for the
South Florida Youth Symphony Elementary Division.
Sylvia teaches music at several local Colleges and Universities
in South Florida. In addition, she regularly publishes educational
compositions for Piano, Ensembles, Band and String Orchestra.
Sylvia is celebrated as an Ambassador of Latin American
addition to recording an extensive repertoire in the field, she performs its regularly worldwide. Her scholar work also includes
several research, and, many
lectures in the subject given in the Americas and in Europe.