Harry Stafylakis (b. 1982) hails from Montreal and is now based in New York City. His “dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times) concert music strives for dramatic emotional and intellectual expression, integrating idioms drawn from classical and popular styles. With an intimate background in progressive metal and traditional Greek music, Stafylakis has developed a unique conception of musical temporality and rhythm, infusing his compositions with a characteristic vitality and drive.
Stafylakis is currently serving as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-In-Residence and Festival Director of the WSO’s Winnipeg New Music Festival. His works have been performed by the Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, Spokane, Stamford, FSU, and PEI symphony orchestras, American Composers Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, FSU Symphony, ICE, Contemporaneous, Mivos Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Nouveau Classical Project, ensemble mise-en, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Ensemble 212, Alea III, Lorelei Ensemble, Architek Percussion, Norrbotten NEO, and American Modern Ensemble. He has been featured at the NY Philharmonic Biennial, Aspen Music Festival, Winnipeg New Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June In Buffalo, Composers Now, FSU Festival of New Music, Providence Premieres, Aries Composers Festival, SCI, EAMA, York Guitar Festival, Cluster, and the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival.
His awards include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New Music USA. He serves on the board of directors of GroundSwell (Winnipeg) and the interdisciplinary curatorial panel of I-Park Foundation (CT), is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and a founding member of the NYC composer collective ICEBERG New Music.
Upcoming projects include new works for the Winnipeg and Ottawa symphonies, Hard Rubber Orchestra, the Vicky Chow/Ben Reimer duo, Periapsis Music and Dance, and Mivos Quartet.
Stafylakis holds a B.Mus. from McGill University, where he studied with Chris Paul Harman, Jean Lesage, and John Rea. He is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), where he studied with Jason Eckardt and David Del Tredici, and lectures at the City College of New York. His doctoral research, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, examines the conception of rhythm and meter in progressive metal.
Ashes to Light the Sky (2016), for string orchestra
Commissioned by the McGill Chamber Orchestra; Boris Brott, Artistic Director
Arc of Horizon (2015), for chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the Lake George Music Festival with NYSCA grant