Dinos Constantinides Recognized with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
July 27, 2020
BATON ROUGE – Marquis Who's Who has announced that it is honoring Dr. Constantine (Dinos) Demetrios Constantinides, Boyd Professor of Composition in the LSU School of Music, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Constantinides celebrates over 60 years' experience in music composition, teaching, violin, and conducting. His compositions include his opera Intimations, winner of two awards; his opera Antigone; and seven symphonies, of which Symphony No. 2 earned him Louisiana's Artist of the Year Award. He is the recipient of first prizes in the Brooklyn College International Chamber Competition and the First Midwest Chamber Opera Conference, as well as the Delius Composition Contest Grand Prize, American New Music Consortium Distinguished Service Award, Glen Award of l'Ensemble of New York, numerous Meet-the-Composer grants and ASCAP Standard Awards, and a Distinguished Teacher White House commission on Presidential Scholars.
Dr. Constantinides has received rave reviews for his music, which has been performed by the English Chamber Orchestra; American Symphony Orchestra; Shenzhen Symphony; Nuernberger Symphoniker; Panama Symphony; Constanta Symphony Orchestra; Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra; and Athens, Thessaloniki, and Cyprus State Orchestras, et al. Fanfare Magazine wrote, "Constantinides' Symphony (No. 2) is a splendid work—an eclectic blend of styles that effortlessly coheres, and produces a highly satisfying synthesis unique to this composer." The New York Times has stated, "His 1977 setting of the text by Sophocles, the Lament of Antigone, in a New York premiere, proved a solemn, impassioned utterance."
Presently a Boyd Professor, the highest academic rank at Louisiana State University, head of the Composition area, and Music Director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta, he served as the director of the prestigious Louisiana State University Festival of Contemporary Music from 1974-1996. Nationally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers, College Music Society, National Composers of U.S.A., and Music Teacher National Association. He is a member of ASCAP and has been an evaluator for the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Constantinides was educated in Greece at the Ioannina, Greek, and Athens Conservatories and in the U.S. at the universities of Indiana, Michigan State (PhD in Composition), and the Juilliard School (under Ivan Galamian). In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He began his career as a violinist, playing with the State Orchestra of Athens in Greece and the Indianapolis and Baton Rouge Symphonies in the U.S. for many years. At Louisiana State University, he was a member of the Festival Arts Trio. He has given numerous recitals as both violin soloist and composer at prestigious halls such as Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. His many students have won honors and hold professorships around the world.
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