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Sylvia Constantinidis

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Pianist, Music Educator, Conductor, Composer.

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 'South 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 Music. In 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.  

 

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