- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Andreas Makris, 74, composer, violinist

Andreas Makris, a world-renowned composer and violinist, died Feb. 3 of natural causes at his home in Silver Spring. He was 74.

Born in Salonika, Greece, in 1930, he graduated from the National Conservatory in Greece. He continued his studies at Phillips University, Kansas City Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, Aspen Music Festival and in Fontainebleau, France, under Nadia Boulanger.

He was the first contemporary composer to be premiered at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) under the direction of Antal Dorati. Since 1981, he was a member of the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers. He is included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Mr. Makris was a composer in residence with the National Symphony Orchestra and an adviser to Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich on new music for many years. His compositions have been performed in major cities in the United States and throughout the world.

Among his compositions for special events are the opening music for the National Gallery of Arts exhibition “The Search for Alexander,” a piece for Leonard Bernstein’s 60th birthday concert, music for the NSO’s 50th anniversary, and a composition honoring the 25th anniversary of the Kennedy Center.

He also composed an overture for the opening of the Strathmore Concert Hall in 2005.

Mr. Makris is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret; two sons, Myron F. Makris of Silver Spring and M. Christos Makris of Ventura, Calif.; and two grandsons.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. March 6 at his home in Silver Spring.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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