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Andreas Tsiartas was born in Cyprus in 1986. 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 July 2023, a doctorate holder in Music (by composition) from the University of York (supervision Thomas Simaku). He is currently working as a scientific collaborator at the Arts department of the European University Cyprus.
In his music, Tsiartas is often concerned with ideas such as sound and ritual, sound and hypothetical acoustic sacred spaces (aural architecture), memory and oblivion, time and perpetuity, which he often explores through the application of new composite harmonic/ pitch structures based on the maqam music system of the Near East music traditions as well as through the experimentation with new forms based on theoretical physics, natural philosophy, cosmology and shamanism. Andreas Tsiartas’ works have been performed / commissioned by such renowned ensembles and soloists as the Ensemble intercontemporain, 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 first 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. His work Ìérkos (2019/20), commissioned by DYCE, and premiered by Taller Sonoro (in Sevilla, Spain), Ensemble U: (in Tallinn, Estonia), Divertimento Ensemble (in Milan, Italy), and the Cikada Ensemble (in Oslo, Norway) in November-December 2020, was released on CD in 2021 by the Stradivarius label.
Tsiartas was a full scholarship holder by the prestigious A. S. Onassis Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation (2017-2021). 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. As of 2021 he is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education in alignment with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
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 European University Cyprus, the University of Nicosia, and the Open University in Crete, Greece.
A significant selection of his works is now published by BabelScores. He is the first Cypriot composer to be selected for publication on the platform. In October 2023, Andreas Tsiartas' work Lamento Turco was featured in Sarah Aristidou's album, Enigma, released by Alpha Classics.