Rania Chrysostomou is a Cypriot composer living in London. Her music is the amalgamation of her life experiences and behavioural observations along with the combination of sounds of Cyprus and her environment. She studied at the Ionian University in Greece, and the University of York in England where she graduated with an MA in COMPOSITION. Her music has been performed in Europe, UK and USA, and she has collaborated with artists from different fields like dancers, visual artists, poets, actors, directors, and game designers. As a music educator she has worked with the early years and in primary schools, currently writing articles about early years education. Creating music with a narrator is a theme she continues to explore through her collaboration with Skipton Camerata and in her piece The Silver Lines, premiered by the Shadanga Duo in Denmark.
Rania is dedicated to composition and specifically classical contemporary composition. She composes music for soloists, ensembles, voice and electronic music. She enjoys working closely with her performers to better realise and project their musical abilities.
Her personal sound palette uses elements from contemporary classical music, and amalgamation of jazz, electronic, traditional Greek modes, rhythms and sounds. She draws inspiration from stories with social and cognitive themes. Her music has been performed and commissioned in Cyprus, Greece, the UK and the USA. Some of her more notable performances and commissions include her composition Sonnet CII for solo viola, performed at the opening ceremony celebrations for Pafos, European capital of 2017, Luonne for Piano trio performed by ContempTrio performed as part of a series of concerts by the Centre of Cypriot Composers. She was commissioned by ACM Chicago to write for the Open House Project in Milwaukee.
During lockdown she launched a series of virtual workshops and virtual sound installations for musicians and non musicians to bring people together and create a community that exists online for only a couple of hours. The aims were to be inclusivity and sponteneity.
The Shadanga duo have performed her piece Silver Lines in Denmark. The piece outlines the unspoken unfairness of truce during war time.
She studied Musical Studies and Composition for performing Arts at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece from 2007 until 2012. Her main focus was always composition and took classes such as classical and contemporary composition, counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration with Joseph Papadatos, composition for the performing arts with Dimitra Trypani and Dimitris Maragkopoulos and History and Composition of Electronic music. She was also deeply interested in other musical subjects such as the harpsichord and baso continuo, jazz saxophone and jazz theory and harmony with Dimos Dimitriadis, piano, music psychology, music education, and music philosophy as well as history, ear training, choir… While she was in er first year of study she had her first piece performed with 7 instrumentalists and 2 actors. It was a performance installation that carried around the Old Fortress in Corfu town. She had a viola piece performed by Paul Silverthrone. She collaborated with a group of dancers to bring to life her dissertation piece Four Colours and Ultimate Justice that was again a performance installation. She was an active member in the Kapodistrias Marching Band in the saxophone section.
She completed her MA in Composition at the University of York, UK, with supervisor Dr Thomas Simaku. She had her piece Sketches for three female voices and a lonely percussionist work-shopped and performed by The Juice Vocal Ensemble. She collaborated with the students of the Northern School of contemporary Dance and performed in installations in Parks and Houses in Leeds.
She has received masterclasses with distinguished composers and performers of the U.K. such as Paul Silverthrone, Silvina Milstein, Roger Marsh and Martin Suckling.
She ventured as a media composer as well and she wrote music for the short film A different time produced by Shinmoro Films, for the gaming apps Broko Loco and GemBee produced by Created Informed.
She lives and works in London composing, playing and teaching. She teaches through investigation, experimentation and personal learning. She was the residence music teacher at Dicky Birds Nurseries in 2014 – 2015. Currently she is a music tutor for Every Child A Musician (Newham music services).
Rania carries on composing and teaching in London.
Her instruments are piano, saxophone and harpsichord.
She is also a keen dancer with a diploma in Latin American and Ballroom Dances from the Greek Federation of Dance.
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In Rania’s virtual workshops and sound installations, participants are invited to impulsively interpret scores and instructions creating sounds or movement. This produces a continuum of new forms emerging from the original structure. This practice signifies her musical identity since graduating from the University of York in 2013 with an MA in Composition. Storytelling through emotional states is another area she explores. Her piece Silver Lines performed in 2019 by the Shadanga Duo uses fixed media to guide the audience through the story. Rania explores dimensions of chance and improvisation within a structured environment and extreme quietness as the most exciting sensations unfold from this state.