Dedicated to creative music making and classical contemporary composition.
She composes music for soloists, ensembles, voice and electronic music.
Making music is a collaborative experience so working closely with her performers is crucial for her.
Snapshopt of Rania and her musical journey
Rania Chrysostomou is a Cypriot composer living in London. Her music is the amalgamation of her life experiences combining it with sounds of Cyprus. The practice of musical storytelling with a narrator is a practice that signifies her musical identity since graduating from the University of York in 2013 with an MA in Composition. Now Rania explores dimensions of chance and improvisation within a structured environment and extreme quietness as the most exciting sensations unfold from this state. Creating music with a narrator is a theme she explored through her collaboration with Skipton Camerata.
Sound and inspiration
Her personal sound palette blends colours from an array of sources. You will depict elements from contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic, traditional Greek modes, rhythms and sounds. A character of her current sound is the dimensions between chance and improvisation within a structured environment and extreme quietness. The most exciting sensations unfold from these states. She draws inspiration from stories with social and cognitive themes. You will hear her musical storytelling through emotional states.
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 The Death commissioned by Skipton Camerata in Autumn 2020, Statue of the Earth, for solo singing viola, a collaboration and commission with and from Katherine Clarke, and The Silver Lines performed by the Shadanga Duo in Denmark 2019. Other performances include from Cypriot percussionist Natasa Hadjiandreou Tillein, for an intimate percussionist, Cyprus 2019; Kyrie, for female voice ensemble, commissioned and performed by the Selene Vocal ensemble in Cyprus with conductor Elena Gonata. She was commissioned by ACM Chicago to write for the Open House Project in Milwaukee in 2018 for her piece 360 Vue, dance for flute and cello. When Pafos, a city in Cyprus, was declared the European capital for 2017, her piece Impressions of CII for solo viola, was commissioned and performed at the opening ceremony celebrations. Luonne for Piano trio performed by ContempTrio performed as part of a series of concerts by the Centre of Cypriot Composers.
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 spontaneity. 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. Her main focus was always composition. In addition, she 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 her 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. Silvina Milstein, Roger Marsh and Martin Suckling.
Other musical ventures
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 self-produced animated music videos about relationships with each other and with oneself, available on YouTube.
Rania has worked with the Early Years in Nurseries in South London and with KS1 & KS2 in primary schools in Newham. She taught music, musical instruments and engaged children in music creativity. She teaches through investigation, experimentation and personal learning. You can find her blog and series of lesson plans specifically made to use for babies, toddlers and young children in nurseries.
She lives in Kent with her family. On the weekends you will find Rania and her family doing parkour around the city and then relaxing for a picnic in a nearby park.
Piano | Saxophone | Harpsichord
Something to know
She is also a keen dancer with a diploma in Latin American and Ballroom Dances from the Greek Federation of Dance.
Send her an email if you would like to collaborate for a Composition Project or Music Education
rania . chrys @ gmail . com
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