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Haralabos (Harry) Stafylakis

Lecturer of Music, Studio Composition

New York City-based, JUNO-nominated composer Haralabos [Harry] Stafylakis hails from Montreal. “Dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times), with a “terrible luminosity” and “ferociously expressive” (Times Colonist), his concert music is “an amalgamation of the classical music tradition and the soul and grime of heavy metal” (I Care If You Listen), “favoring doomsday chords and jackhammer rhythms” (The New Yorker).

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He is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-In-Residence and Co-Curator of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. He has collaborated with artists and ensembles including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Roomful of Teeth, JACK Quartet, and orchestras around the world.

In 2018–19 he collaborated with progressive metal pioneers Animals As Leaders on the symphonic adaptation of their music for metal band & orchestra, and in 2020–21 collaborated with Courtney Swain and members of Bent Knee and ShoutHouse on the prog metal & chamber music fusion dontwaitforme. Hard Rubber Orchestra’s 2022 album Iguana earned Stafylakis a JUNO nomination for his metal–big band fusion composition featuring the composer on guitars.

Recognitions include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP’s Leonard Bernstein Award, SOCAN’s Classical Composer of the Year Award, and four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. He is a founding member of the NYC composer collective ICEBERG New Music. Recordings of his works appear on Naxos, Analekta, Contrastes, Redshift, and Sono Luminus.

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