is the artistic pseudonym of Gerasimos Nicholas Tsandoulas,
a native of the province of Epirus in the Greek Northwest.
The composer was born in the town of Arta and grew up in
the towns of Preveza and Corfu. He was already in his teens
when he was introduced to classical music, a pivotal event
in his intellectual development. This happened when he left
Greece for the United States on an American Field Service
scholarship at Phillips Exeter Academy. He subsequently
attended and graduated from Harvard College and the University
of Pennsylvania from which he received a Ph.D. degree in
electrical engineering. For many years, however, professional
career pressures took precedence and it was not until the
late 1970s that he was able to devote time to serious composition.
One work, the orchestral piece Pantokrator, conceived in
its entirety almost instantaneously, had to wait for nearly
two decades before it was finally committed to paper. During
the 1979 - 1999 time period he spent a total of 10 years
doing defense-related research for MIT on a tiny island
in the Central Pacific where the pieces that are featured
in his recordings to date were written. He is currently
residing on Marco Island, Florida with his wife Marie.
The composer seeks to establish an artistic synthesis in which
Mediterranean themes and ideas are developed by means of a tonal
approach that bypasses the Near Eastern and Byzantine traditions and,
anchored in Western romanticism, reaches farther back, striving toward
classically proportioned purity of line, transparency of texture,
simplicity of form and directness of expression.
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