2008 – Constantine Caravassilis

Born in Toronto, Constantine was raised in a musical family in Pythagorion, a culturally vibrant township in Samos Island situated in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Constantine’s playground as a young child was the ruins of the famed Polycrates Wall, Pythagoras’s ancient theatre, the local orthodox monastery of Spiliani and the Eupalinian aqueduct.

Constantine writes prolifically and for all media. His output to-date includes seven concerti, and a large catalogue of chamber, orchestral, vocal/operatic and electroacoustic works. His music has been performed in Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., Russia, Belarus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Japan as well as throughout Canada and the United States, in several well-known music centers, such as the AlteOper Frankfurt, the Smolensk Philharmonic Hall, the Bunka-Kainan Hall in Tokyo, Round Tower in Copenhagen, La Chappelle de Bon Pasteur in Montreal, the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts in Ontario, Jordan Hall in Boston, New Theatre in Cardiff, the Bösendorfer Artist Salon in New York City and the Rosslyn Hill Chapel in London. He received his formal training and education at the University of Toronto, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition.