Tasoulla Christou - Composer

Music for the Concert Hall combining tradition with innovation

TASOULLA CHRISTOU

Tasoulla Christou composes music for the concert hall, and combines tradition with innovation.

She was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and initially studied the piano at the National Conservatoire of Greece, graduating with diplomas in Harmony, Performance and Teaching. She then studied the piano in England with Miss Ruth Harte, and later with Eric Hope, both Professors at the Royal Academy of Music. After an early career as performer and teacher, and obtaining a degree in English and Literary Studies with Philosophy from Middlesex University, she turned to composition, obtaining degrees at Birkbeck College University of London, where she was awarded the Extra-Mural Book Prize as best in her year for composition, and Middlesex University, where she studied composition with Dr Peter Fribbins and Dr Francois Evans.  She then studied advanced  composition techniques with Professor William Mival, head of composition at the Royal College of Music, London. 

She now works professionally as a composer.  She is married with two sons and lives in Portugal.

Some of her compositions include Norwegian Reflections for piano (2005), Silver Moon, Silver Lake for string quartet (2006), Dreams of May for voice and piano (2007), Romance for violin or flute and piano (2008), Kalamatianos for solo violin (2008), Imagined Ritual a piece for string orchestra  which was inspired by a visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, near Athens in Greece (2010), Cherubic Hymn, a piece for a cappella choir which is part of the liturgy for the Greek Orthodox Church (2011), A Hymn to Aphrodite, for soprano, flute and piano, a setting of the poem by Sappho (2012), City Scenes for wind quintet, a composition celebrating different aspects of the City of London (2014), a setting of the Agnus Dei from the Catholic mass  for Soprano and Organ (2015), Suite for brass quintet (2018), Anthem on Psalm 150: Praise Ye the Lord for choir, organ and trumpet (2018), City Scenes  for brass quintet (2018) and Three songs for Autumn for baritone and piano (2018).

Her compositions have been performed widely in the UK and in other venues in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. Her CD, Anthologia, containing recordings of her compositions, was released in late 2009.  She is a member of the International Association of Women in Music (IAWM), based in the USA. Her music was showcased by the IAWM in 2014, when they chose her as their composer of the week, which resulted in  many international radio broadcasts of her works,. She was  awarded the Miriam Gideon Prize for New Music by IAWM for her composition Hymn to Aphrodite.

The City of London Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, admitted her as a Freeman on 13th July 2016. She was granted the Freedom of the City of London on 27th July 2017 and became a Liveryman of the Musicians Company on 10th April 2019.

Look for her new CD coming out in 2022.