“A composer needs to inspire her/ his performers first and then worry about what to write on the music staff, if there is one for that matter.”
Rania Chrysostomou, b.1989, Cyprus, based in London
Rania is dedicated to composition. She is a great believer in the power of ‘play’. You will hear her play the same few melodies on her saxophone or the piano again and again until it has fully become part of her being and then deconstruct and recreate something purely different. The piano is like an adventure trail for her. She gives spirit to her arms and allows her fingers to travel and explore different territories of the piano.
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 commissions include her compositions 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. In August 2018 she was commissioned by ACM Chicago to write for the Open House Project in Milwaukee. For 2019 she is preparing a cabaret style show featuring poems and stories from Cyprus written into modern songs.
She studied Musical Studies and Composition for performing Arts at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece from 2007 until 2012 and then did an MA in Composition at the University of York, UK, from 2012 until 2013.
Since 2013 she lives and works in London teaching music to students of all ages, from 6 months to 60+. Through learning the discipline of music and composition expands. Teaching through investigation and experimentation the teacher and the student unlock possibilities that otherwise might have been unseen. Currently she is a music tutor for Every Child A Musician (Newham music services).
She is also a keen dancer with a diploma in Latin American and Ballroom Dances from the Greek Federation of Dance in 2013.
Her instruments are piano, saxophone and harpsichord.