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Born in Dallas, Texas on December 18, 1967, Chris Theofanidis has had his works performed by many leading orchestras from around the world including the National Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta and Houston Symphonies, the California Symphony (for which he was composer-in-residence from 1994 to 1996), the Oregon Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, among others.
He holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fullbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowship and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship.
Theofanidis’ recent projects include a violin concerto for Kim Kashkashian and an opera for the Moores School of Music. He currently serves as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program and teaches at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Juilliard School in New York.
The music for Artemis is his first work for American Ballet Theatre.