Venezuelan-American pianist, composer, conductor 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. Later, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Music at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In the 90's, she established herself in South Florida USA 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 has also a Postgraduate Diploma of Advanced Studies in Music Education from Boston University and is presently pursuing Doctoral Studies in Music.
Sylvia studied piano with Rosalina Sackstein, former student of the world famous pianist Claudio Arrau. She has also received master classes from some of the world’s major artists including: Paul Badura-Skoda, Jose Fegali, Maria Joao Pires, Stephen Hugh, Dimitri Bashkirov, Walter Blakenheim, Mitsuko Uchida 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, Very well received by the critics. She has been recognized by the Venezuelan Government with two 'Artist in Residence' Grants from the CONAC –Cultural National 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 Van Cliburn Piano Festival, the Canford Music Festival and the Paloma O’shea Piano Festival, among others.
As a pianist, she has participated in concerts and music festivals including “Festival of Miami,” “Van Cliburn Piano Festival,” “MDC Arts Festival,” “MDC New Millenium Concert Series,” “College of Music Society” “NACUSA Composer’s Concert Series,” “FLAMINGO Contemporary Music Festival,” “NEWARTMUSIC Concert Series,” “CMS National Conference Artist Engagement Concerts,” “Steinway Concert Series,” in USA and “Canford Summer Music Festival,” “Sherborne Summer Music festival,” “Paloma O’Shea Piano Festival,” “Euroamerican Festival of Contemporary Music,” “Czech-American Music Festival,” “Akut Switzerland New Music Concert Series,” between others.
She has participated in concerts and music festivals in Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, her native country of Venezuela, as well as Central and South America and the USA.
As a pianist she has been recognized as a World Ambassador of Latin American Classical Music. She has researched, recorded, and performed this repertoire worldwide. Sylvia is since January 2016 “Artist in Residence” for the Venezuelan Foundation “ARTIST FOR PEACE”.
In addition to her first recording of Venezuelan Composer Federico S. Villena -“La Musica Para Piano de Salon de Salon de Federico S. Villena,” Sylvia has other recordings as featured pianist, including: -“Danzas Venezolanas del Siglo XIX” (Venezuelan XIX Dances); -“Sylvia Par Elle Meme” a recording of her own works written between 1990-2007. –“UM Summer Arts Festival,” a recording of University of Miami Composers, including also a work by Sylvia Constantinidis, as well as featured pianist; -“Song of Peace” a new CD launched in 2016 by the Foundation “ARTIST FOR PEACE” including works by LatinAmerican composers, and two works by Constantinidis. In addition, her two new recordings, -“Alberto Ginastera Centennial: Piano Music” and -“Antonio Estevez Centennial: Piano Music,” will be launched as part of the “LatinAmerican Festival of Contemporary Music XIX” in Caracas, Venezuela October 2016.
Sylvia has been writing music since the age of twelve. Her composition teachers include Belgian composer Eric Colon, American composer Dennis Kam, Czech composer Ladislav Kubik and British composer Malcolm Singer. 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; must of her music has already been 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 Concert Series, “Miami Dade College Festival of The Arts,” “Miami Dade College New Millennium Concert Series,” “Steinway Concert Series,” “College of Music Society Composers Concerts,” “CMS National Conference Artist Engagement Concerts,” National Associations of Composers USA –“NACUSA- Composers Concert Series,” “NEWARTMUSIC Concert Series,” “Flamingo Festival of Contemporary Music,” and the “North-South Consonance New York Classical Latin Music Series” Her work has been performed in Europe at the “Czech-American Contemporary Composers Festival,” Czech Republic, at the “Canford Composer’s Concerts,” England, “Sherborne Composer’s Concerts,” England, “Euroamerican festival of Contemporary Music,” Spain, “D Major Music Festival,” Italy and Bulgaria, and at other European Venues; Also at the “LatinAmerican festival of Contemporary Music,” Caracas, Venezuela. She has also participated as ‘Composer Delegate’ to the ISCM World Assembly of Contemporary Music at the “World Music Days Festival” in Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia and South Korea.
In 2009 and 2010, two of her orchestral works were premiered in Ukraine by the Kharkov Philharmonic. In 2007, her composition, “The Macondo Poems,” won the “ERM International Masterworks of the New Era Composers Competition,” and it was later released in The ERM Masterwork of the New Era Series Volume XIV on February 2009. Later, this work, “The Macondo Poems,” was selected for nomination at the Latin Grammys 2009. Earlier 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 has been awarded, several times, the ASCAP-PLUS Award, as composer of Concert Music.
Her music has been performed in readings, concerts and recorded by:” the Leandro-Kim duo,” the “Conservatory of Puerto Rico Woodwind Quintet,” the “Simon Bolivar Quintet,” the “University of Miami New Music Ensemble,” the “South Florida Youth Symphony,” the “South Hialeah Youth String Orchestra,” the “Amadeus Sinfonietta,” the “SouthEast Contemporary Chamber Orchestra –SECCO- SINFONIETTA-," the “University of Miami Frost Symphony Orchestra,” the “Omorphia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble,” the “Prague Radio Symphony,” the “Euroamerican Contemporary Chamber Orchestra –ECCO- SINFONIETTA -,” the “Kharkov Philharmonic,” “North-South Consonace Chamber Orchestra,” “Baccau Romanian Philharmonic,” and the “Romanian State Philharmonic,” between others.
Sylvia is a Composer-Artist-in-Residence for the vocal ensemble “Per Passione” in Arhus, Denmark, for wish she is presently working on an extensive commission for a concert tour. In addition, she is a composer in Residence for the Omorfia Ensemble, the SECCO-SINFONIETTA and ECCO- SINFONIETTA. She is presently working on commissions for several ensembles including orchestras of the Venezuelan “EL SISTEMA” and several internationally known solo artists. She is also an “Artist and Composer in Residence” for the Venezuelan foundation “ARTIST FOR PEACE”
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.
Her discography as a composer includes the works released in the CDs: -“UM SUMMER ARTS” including her work “RUBI N STONE,” released by University of Miami in 2002; -“MASTERWORKS OF THE NEW ERA”, vol 14, including her work “MACONDO POEMS,” released by ERM in 2009; -“Sylvia.Constantinidis.Par.Elle-Même,” a complete CD of Sylvia Constantinidis performed by herself, ” released by GUINIMAMEDIA in 2012; -“SYNTHESIS No 2”, including “VISIONS” by Sylvia Constantinidis, released by BERLIN URBANARTS GERMANY in 2015; and the CD -“SONG OF PEACE” LatinAmerican Piano Music, including to works by Constantinidis: “MANDALAS DE PAZ” and “IMPRESSIONS,” released by ARTIST FOR PEACE in 2016.
As a conductor, Sylvia has participated in concerts and music festivals in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, England, Venezuela, Ukraine, and the USA. While still very young in Venezuela, Sylvia studied Orchestral Conducting with the famous Japanese conductor Akira Endo. And, in Miami, she studied conducting with American Composer-Conductor Thomas Sleeper. And later, in England, she continued advanced conducting studies with George Hurst, Denisse Hahn, Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Robert Houlighan. Earlier, in Venezuela, she held a Fellowship Teaching Position at the Famous "EL SISTEMA," -Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV). Later in South Florida, she created the 'South Hialeah Elementary String Orchestra' for a MDCPS-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 the Summer of 2005, she was also an Associate Conductor for the South Florida Youth Symphony Elementary Division. In 2008, in South Florida, she founded the "Amadeus-Youth Symphony of Florida.” This new youth orchestra program is modeled after the philosophical ideas of "EL SISTEMA." Though this program she hopes to help make a reality the musical dreams of many future talents.
Furthermore, Sylvia is the founder and Music Director of the “Omorfia Contemporary Ensemble,” which made its debut in 2006 at The Festival of Miami. She is also the executive and music director of “SECCO- SINFONIETTA,” the Southeast Contemporary Composers Chamber Orchestra, and “ECCO-SINFONIETTA,” the orquestra for the Euroamerican Festival of Contemporary Music. Both ensembles are dedicated to the promotion and performance of Orchestra New-Music.
As a conductor, her work has been recorded in the CD “SYNTHESIS No. 2” released in Berlin 2015 by the German organization URBANARTS. This CD includes Constantinidis’ work “Visions” on a live-recording at the “FLAMINGO Festival of Contemporary Music 2010”, Miami Florida, in this occasion Constantinidis conducted the premier of her own work with the SECCO-SINFONIETTA.
Sylvia is a strong advocator for music education. In the year 2000, she represented the State of Florida, In Washington DC, as part of a national team of MENC members who spoke before the Congress of the United States of America about the importance of music education, music programs in the schools and music education for early childhood. Sylvia Constantinidis was also invited by the Spanish series 'Primeros Pasos' (First Steps) to speak in television about the benefits of music education for early childhood development. For many years, this interview has been broadcast often throughout the Ibero-American Television (more than seventy stations). She has also been feature as a Music Educator on a special edition of the Miami Herald, Miami USA.
As a music educator, Sylvia has been recognized with several awards including several grants from 'The Education Funds' and the Kirk Foundation for her “Opera Adventure Project”, 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 Public School System to promote music in the schools. In South Florida, she has also been invited as a lecturer for several Music Educators Conferences. Sylvia has also participated as consultant/member of many important Curriculum and Instruction, Accreditation, and other educational committees at the University level.
Sylvia also teaches music at several local Colleges and Universities in South Florida. She serves regularly as judge on several music competitions and grant selection committees. And, she serves regularly as board member and/or chairman of several cultural and arts committees. In addition to her professional engagements, she regularly publishes educational compositions for Piano, Ensembles, Band and String Orchestra. She has also published an extensive music method for piano, music theory, and solfege and is presently working on other methodological materials.
New-Music Advocator and Activist:
Sylvia is a strong advocator and promoter of New Music. She is the founder and present President of the SouthEast Chapter of NACUSA, -(National Association of Composers of The United States of America South-Eastern States Division including South-Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico). She also serves as Board Member of the National Advisory Council of NACUSA and was also elected in 2011 as member of the Officers Council of the organization. In 2014 was elected as the Senior Editor for the NACUSA magazine COMPOSER-USA. And Since 2015, is member of the jury for the NACUSA YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION.
Sylvia has also great interest on the cultivation of new audiences for contemporary music. With this goal, she founded in 2009 the “FLAMINGO International New Music Festival” in South Florida and the “EUROAMERICAN Festival of Contemporary Music” in Europe. Through different events, (including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, open rehearsals and orchestra readings) these festivals promote Classical New Music in its different genres including Solo, Chamber and Orchestral music as well as Electro-Acoustic Music, Visual-Music and Music Installations. With the continuous interest on the development, diffusion and enrichment of the field of NewArtMusic, and to open up new opportunities for upcoming talents in 2016, Constantinidis launched the first edition of the “ FLAMINGO International Contemporary Music Competition” and the “NEWARTMUSIC Contemporary Music Performance Competition.”
Latin American Studies:
Sylvia is celebrated as an Ambassador of Latin American Music. In addition to recording an extensive repertoire in the field, she performs it regularly worldwide. Her scholar work also includes several research projects, and, many lectures in the subject given in the Americas and in Europe as well as publications.
In the USA, Constantinidis has published large amount of books and educational materials. Her different publications include pedagogical materials for piano, voice, violin and strings, band, solfege, music theory and composition in addition to educational performing material for youth string ensembles, bands and orchestra. In the present, Constantinidis is also producing educational materials for the different available technology platforms.
Her Academic Music Theory and Composition work “Space and Time Continuity: Treize Etudes Pour L’Orchestre: A View into The Compositional process” was published in Germany in 2012. Her Concert Music is been published in the USA, Venezuela and Germany. And, her research articles has been published in several Universities and Journal magazines.