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born in Trieste in 1952, his family being of Greek origin and artistic
At a very young age he graduated in Pianoforte, Organ Performance and
Composition, and Composition (with Giulio Viozzi). He has been teaching at
the "Giuseppe Tartini" Conservatory of Trieste since 1975 and
has conducted choirs and orchestras in hundreds of concerts all over
As a composer, his musical language is free, moderately chromatic and
influenced by his Hellenic origins. His music, performed world wide, has
received many prestigious awards and is available in publications and on
recordings, including those by radio-TV networks.
Sofianopulo has an extraordinary talent for improvising as shown during
his five years as resident organist of the Cathedral of San Giusto in
Trieste. He was then appointed as Director of the Cappella Civica del
Comune di Trieste, the oldest cultural institution of the city with
almost 500 years of history. The Cappella Civica is responsible for
providing the music for the liturgical services held in the Cathedral.
Since 1986, Sofianopulo has not only been its director, but has developed
its role and importance in the musical and artistic field through the
research, study, publication, performance and recording of a rare
repertoire, both ancient and modern.
With this in mind, numerous have been the initiatives organised to
commemorate composers active in Trieste between 1750 and 1950 (the
rediscovery of the oratorio "Tobias" by L.Farinelli, recorded by
Rai-TV), local composers such as G.Tartini, Francesco and Gabriele Spongia,
Antonio Tarsia, Giulio Viozzi, Carl Ferdinand Lickl, Antonio Gracco (Civic
Library Foundation), etc., as well as composers of sacred music who were
not directly connected to the local culture. The Cappella Civica
has also collaborated with other cultural institutions in Trieste, as in
the following series of concerts: "Neoclassicism and its music",
"Music and Landscape", "Harmonie du soire - musical
recollections of the first Biennal Exhibition", "Music from the
Orient", "Svevo's Salon music", "Shalom Trieste".
Furthermore, the Cappella Civica regularly organises courses,
seminars and workshops for young musicians, many of whom are highly
talented and go on to pursue a professional career, thanks to Sofianopulo's
guidance and assistance.
As Chapel Master, traditionally responsible for preserving and adding new
works to the sacred musical heritage of the Triestine Church, Sofianopulo
has composed many sacred as well as choral works. His love for vocal
music, however, has led him to write operas, arias and motets for one or
more voices, both sacred and secular, accompanied by various instrumental
Sofianopulo has won international awards and has been conferred honours in
recognition of his career, such as Chevalier of Merit of the Republic and
Chevalier honoris causa of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
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