Y a n n i s   K y r i a k i d e s

Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969 and emigrated with his family to England in 1975. After traveling for a year with his violin in the near east, learning traditional music, he returned to England to study musicology at York University. Later being drawn by the music of Louis Andriessen, he moved to The Netherlands to study under him at the Hague Conservatory. At that time he also had the inspiring opportunity to collaborate on three projects with the maverick electronic composer/theatre-maker Dick Raijmaakers. He currently lives in Amsterdam where he works as a composer and electronic musician. He collaborates regularly with ensembles such as ASKO, Maarten Altena Ensemble and Icebreaker as well as theatre and dance groups such as Hollandia and Leine and Roebana. His own group CIRCADIAN perform regularly in festivals around Europe and he is active in the live electronic music scene as an improviser, specializing in live processing. In September 2000 he won the Gaudeamus composition prize for his large scale work a conSPIracy cantata and in September 2006 Worldess was awarded "Honorary Mention" at Prix Ars Electronica.