Born in Cyprus, in 1986, Andreas Tsiartas is considered amongst the most individual and charismatic composers of his generation. A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden, Germany, where he had studied composition with Manos Tsangaris and Jörg Herchet (Diplom Komponist), Tsiartas is, as of 2017, pursuing a PhD in Composition at the University of York, under the supervision of Professor Thomas Simaku.
In his music, Tsiartas is often concerned with ideas such as memory and oblivion, identity and origin, time and perpetuity, which he often explores through the application of new harmonic structures based on the maqam modal system, and through the experimentation with new forms based on theoretical physics, cosmology, Shamanism and natural philosophy. Andreas Tsiartas’ works have been performed / commissioned by such renowned ensembles and soloists as the Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Rohan de Saram, the Dresdner Philharmonie, Musiques Nouvelles, the Studio for New Music Ensemble Moscow, Johanna Vargas, Ergon Ensemble amongst others. Recently, Tsiartas was selected by Quatuor Diotima as one of the three composers to participate in the Academy Quatuor Diotima in L’ Abbaye de Noirlac, France. He was also one of the 8 composers who have reached the final stage for the Peter Eötvös Foundation Mentoring Programme for composers 2020.
Andreas Tsiartas is one of the 4 winners, out of 143 applications, of the DYCE (Discovering Young Composers of Europe) competition, for his work Pnoé for chamber ensemble, which was performed in Oslo’s Sentralen by the Cikada Ensemble under the direction of Christian Eggen.
Tsiartas is a full scholarship holder by the prestigious A. S. Onassis Foundation for the period 2017-2020 and the A. G. Leventis Foundation for 2017-2019. In 2009, Tsiartas was also granted the esteemed Scholarship of the Foundation for Studies of the German People (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) – the first of its kind to be awarded to a Cypriot composer.
He has actively participated in illustrious compositional courses such as the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, as well as in a number of seminars, master-classes and workshops by leading composers, including Beat Furrer, Rebecca Saunders, Brian Ferneyhough, Matthias Pintscher and Joshua Fineberg. He has also been directing a number of composition seminars and workshops for leading academic institutions, including the Open University in Crete, the University of Nicosia, and the European University Cyprus.