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Michalis Andronikou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Composition and Theory

Michalis Andronikou (1977–) holds a PhD in composition from the University of Calgary. He received his Bachelor in musicology from the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens, Greece. He has a Diploma in Classical Guitar, Clarinet and Music Theory from the Trinity College and the Royal Academy of Music, and a Diploma in Byzantine Music from the Argyroupolis Municipal Conservatory. Michalis gained credentials in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, and Music Composition (with Theodore Antoniou) from the Hellenic Conservatory. Moreover, he has studied Greek folk instruments such as lute, tampoura and bouzouki. Michalis has composed music for small and large ensembles, theatre plays, art exhibits, movies, songs. Seven CDs with his works have been released, since 2003, and his scores are published by the Canadian Palliser Music Publishing, the Bulgarian Balkanota, and the Italian Da Vinci Edition. Michalis is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, a member of the Greek Composers Union, and a member of the Center of Cypriot Composers. Read More

  • 311.10 Rudiments of Music
  • 311.11 Music Theory I
  • 311.12 Music Theory II
  • 311.23 Music Theory III
  • 311.24 Music Theory IV
  • 311.15 Musicianship I
  • 311.16 Musicianship II
  • 311.27 Musicianship III
  • 311.28 Musicianship IV
  • 311.31 Music Composition and Arranging
  • 314.312 Music Composition
  • 311.39 Topics in Music Theory (Hymnal Arrangement)
  • 316.14 Ethnic Music Ensemble

University of Calgary (AB)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Composition

2013

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. (ABD)), Musicology

2008

Greek Conservatory (GR)

Diploma, Composition

2008

Argiroupolis Municipal Conservatory (GR)

Diploma, Byzantine Music

2005

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR)

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), Musicology

2002

Present

  • Providence University College, Faculty (since 2017)

Past

  • Centre for Creative Music Studies (Calgary, AB), Artistic Director/Instructor
  • Department of Music at the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB), Sessional Instructor
  • Greek School of Calgary (Calgary, AB), Music Instructor
  • Greek Conservatory (Athens, GR), Music Teacher
  • Public and Private Schools in Athens (Athens, GR), Music Teacher
  • Freelance composer and multi-instrumentalist

Professional Associations

  • Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre
  •  Canadian League of Composers
  • Greek Composers Union
  • Center of Cypriot Composers
  • Greek Union of Songwriters and Lyricists

Selected Awards

  • Two-time Teacher Certificate of Recognition, upon the achievement of my student’s Gold  Medal Award, The Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Eyes High International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Calgary
  • Richard Johnston Award in Chamber Music Composition, University of Calgary
  • Chancellor's Challenge Scholarship, University of Calgary
  • Professor Allan Gordon Bell Distinguished Faculty Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Music, University of Calgary
  • International Music Composition Competition, Volos, Greece, 2nd Prize
  • National Institution for Scholarships (N.I.C), Award and Scholarship, for the best student of the year, Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece

CDs, Scores and Publications

Compositions on SoundCloud

Compositions on ReverbNation

  • "We Say Farewell to Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)," Take Note, 15/2, Manitoba, Canada, December 2018.
  • “Re-remembering a Fenian Song,” Tempo, Calgary, AB, Canada, September 2018.
  • “We Say Farewell,” score for baritone and piano on a poem by Luann Hiebert, Da Vinci Publishing, Italy and Japan, July 2018.
  • “The Dreams of Nature,” suite for solo clarinet, in ‘La Belle Aventure,’ vol. 1-3 (two parts in each volume), and CD, Les Productions d’OZ, Québec, Canada, June 2018.
  • “Rethinking 'Jazz Suite' for two pianos: Context, Aesthetics, and Meaning of a Contemporary Music Work, influenced by Jazz,” Tempo, Calgary, AB, Canada, September, 2017.
  • Remembering a Fenian Song, score for violin and piano, Palliser Music Publishing, Calgary, AB, Canada, August, 2017.
  • Harmony Within, score for solo piano, Palliser Music Publishing, Calgary, AB, Canada, August, 2017.
  • Zeugma, improvisations spontanè, CD, fourteen collaborative improvisations on bouzouki (Michalis Andronikou) and Marimba (Rod Squance), released by, EMI Music, Plaza Mayor Company Ltd, London, UK, 2017.
  • Three Flute Duets, score for two flutes, published by Da Vinci Edition, Italy and Japan, March 2017.
  • The Northlander, CD (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), fourteen improvisations composed and performed for the needs of the homonymous feature film, released by EMI Music, Plaza Mayor Company Ltd, London, UK, 2016.
  • Jazz Suite, score for two pianos, published by Palliser Music Publishing, Calgary, AB, Canada, August 2016.
  • Andronikou, M., and F. Sallis. “Aspects of Greek identity in the music of Theodore Antoniou, and other twentieth-century Greek composers.” Polytonon 73/1 (2015), pp. 34-36, 74/2 (2016), pp. 36-37, 75/3 (2016), pp. 42-43, 76/4 (2016), pp. 40-41, 77/5 (2016), pp. 44-46, 78/6 (2016), pp. 41-43, 79/7 (2016), pp. 42-43.
  • The Dictation of Love, CD, thirteen songs and ten theatrical moments with music, released by METRONOMOS, Athens, Greece, June 2010.
  • From the Earth, the Ocean and the Air, CD, twelve songs for children, released by LYRA, Athens, Greece, December 2008.
  • Latin Suite, score for two guitars, published by BALKANOTA, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 2008.
  • Al-khatt, the Magic Script, CD, twelve oriental improvisations played by Michalis     Andronikou, for an art exhibit by Irini Gonou, at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Arts, Athens, Greece. The CD and Catalogue were published/released by the Benaki Museum, February 2008.
  • Diosimia, artistic book/CD, a collaboration with the painter Miltos Pantelias and the sculptor Irini Gonou. The artistic book/CD was published/released by KEDROS, Athens, Greece, February 2006.
  • An Everyday Music, CD, twelve instrumental pieces for a small ensemble or for a solo    instrument, and two songs based on Kostis Palamas’ poems, released by MUSIC MIRROR, Athens, Greece, March 2003.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Workshops & Presentations

  • 2017 Provf Talks: Michalis Andronikou and David Sawatzky: "Producing Music for the Community in Academia"
  • 2017 “Remembering a Fenian Song: A way to teach performance through composition,” Music Conference Alberta, October 28, Red Deer, Alberta.

  • 2015 “Re-thinking Harmony,” lecture on composition and creativity at Ambrose University, October 29, Calgary Alberta.

  • 2011 “Centring the peripheral and the survival of identity: Problems in the Western narratives of Greek contemporary music.” The Graduate Student Conference of the University of Calgary, titled Confounding Expectations – Music in a Diverse World, May 9-10, Calgary, Alberta.

  • 2009 “The importance of teaching Greek music at Hellenic schools abroad and suggestions for an interdisciplinary approach to the Greek language.” The Western Canadian Hellenic Education Conference, February 6-8, Calgary, Alberta.

  •  2009 “A taste of the Levant in the dead of Calgary’s winter!” Presentation of compositions and discography. The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, February 5, Calgary, Alberta.