Andreas-Foivos Apostolou was born in Athens in 1991 into an artistic family. He graduated with the distinction of a unanimous First Prize in Piano from the Conservatoire in Athens. He went on to the Boyer School of Music, Temple University, where he studied Piano and Composition with Charles Abramovic, Harvey Wedeen, Richard Brodhead and Jan Krzywicki. He obtained his BM in 2013.
He has graduated with a Double Major MM in Piano Performance and Composition at Jacobs School of Music- Indiana University in 2016 (3.95/ 4.00 GPA). He has studied with pianists André Watts, Edward Auer, Jean-Louis Haguenauer and with composers Sven-David Sandstrom, Aaron Travers, David Dzubay and Claude Baker. He held the position of Associate Instructor in Piano, at Jacobs School of Music for the academic year 2015- 2016. He created his own syllabus and exams for the course P-130, which was enrolled by advanced non-major piano students and gave private lessons to music majors of various levels of proficiency. He also assisted instrumentation courses for undergraduate composers and worked with the Ballet Department on IU Ballet Theater Productions, as an accompanist.
He is currently a PhD candidate in Piano Performance at the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.
His mentor since childhood, is the internationally acclaimed pianist Vinia Tsopelas. He is the First Prize winner in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition for Young Artists in, Greece (2011), the recipient of the “Maria Bondarenko” Award- Israel (2016) and the First Prize at the 2014 International Kozani Competition for Composition, in Greece for his work “Trio for Piano, Flute and Cello". He is also the recipient of the “Academic Excellence” Award- Temple University (2010-2013) and the “Artistic Excellence” Award- Indiana University (2013- 2015).
His concert appearances in Europe include performances with the Greek Radio-Television Orchestra, solo recitals in Milan, Salzburg, Prague, France, Israel, Athens and Thessaloniki. In the US, he has performed in Bargemusic, New York, and other venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bloomington, Indiana. He frequently performs his own compositions, as well as works of various styles, from baroque to contemporary.
He has participated in masterclasses with pianists: Robert Levin, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Tatiana Zelikman, Emanuel Krasovsky, Asaf Zohar, Andrzej Pikul, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff and composers: David Rakowski and George Tsontakis.
Andreas-Foivos has performed on numerous occasions with the New Music Ensemble under the direction of David Dzubay in many chamber and electroacoustic performances of renowned composers such as Sebastian Currier, Oscar Biancchi, John Luther Adams, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Anders Hillborg, Steve Rouse, Shinichiro Ikebe, Libby Larsen, Hitomi Kaneko, Jo Kondo to name a few. He has also recorded on CD works by Ryan Chase and Steve Rouse. In October 2015, he was featured as the soloist of NME performing Bernard Rands’ “Three Pieces for Solo Piano”, in the presence of the composer.
His compositional output includes works for piano, various ensembles, choir, symphonic orchestra, as well as music for theater, choreography and short films. Andreas Apostolou’s works have been premiered in the US, Israel, Portugal and Greece.
“Van- 1915” was published on May 2016 by Indiana University Press. It is a symphonic work inspired from and dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. He has written soundtracks for short and medium-length films by director Ethan Sacchi, the silent film “Cenotaph” by Julie Hegarat, as well as music for the Greek theatrical production “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead” by Robert Hewett.
He is the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards: Leon & Aspasia Lemos Foundation, Latsis Foundation, J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Attica Tradition Educational Foundation, George P. Lemos, Angela Hadjipateras and Kathryn Hunter.