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Andys Skordis

Andys Skordis (Cyprus, 1983) is a composer of contemporary music with a catalogue of more than 80 works, including operas, orchestral and chamber music, gamelan music, site-specific works as well as music for dance, theatre and film. His music is often characterised as archaic and dark, leading to performances often being likened to rituals or ceremonial events. His works have been performed worldwide and he has received international recognition through awards such as the BUMA Toonzetters Prize, one of the most important prizes in the Netherlands, as well as awards from ISCM, Fedora Platform, Third Coast Percussion Group, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and others. He recently received the Berlin Opera Prize 2022 and the Black Pencil Prize 2020. In addition to his work as a composer, he is the founder of the contemporary music ensemble PATSIAOURA, an active performer in the field of free improvisation and a lecturer at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. Skordis studied composition at Berklee College of Music and Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, with additional studies in Carnatic music and Balinese gamelan at ISI Denpasar in Bali.

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