- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

BALTIMORE (AP) — Phanos Dymiotis, a violinist and adjunct music professor at McDaniel College, died March 11 of injuries sustained in a head-on car crash in Delaware. He was 41.

Mr. Dymiotis was principal violinist, composer in residence and associate concertmaster for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He was returning to his Lutherville, Md., home from a performance in Wilmington, Del. He was also a member of the Mariner String Quartet of Annapolis.

He recently completed a new composition commissioned by the MSO titled “Soldier’s Blues.” It is a companion piece to Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.” The world premiere of “Soldier’s Blues” had been scheduled for the March MSO series. The performances now will be a memorial to Mr. Dymiotis.

The memorial musical weekend will begin March 22 with the opening performance at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, Md.

The crash occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday on Route 301 near Middletown, Del., when the driver of a northbound Toyota Camry moved into southbound traffic to pass a tractor-trailer, and hit the Toyota Echo driven by Mr. Dymiotis head-on, Delaware State Police said.

The driver and passenger in the Camry, as well as Mr. Dymiotis, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s a great loss to the MSO family and the music community,” Andrea Barnes, president of the MSO board of directors, told the Easton Star Democrat. She called Mr. Dymiotis a “talented, creative and gentle man.”

A memorial recital by the Mariner String Quartet will be held at 2 p.m. on March 18 in Ocean Pines, Md.

Proceeds will go to Mr. Dymiotis’ family to help bring his remains home to Cyprus, according to the quartet’s Web site.

Survivors include his parents, Nicos Dymiotis and Stella Dymiotou; a brother, Petros Dymiotis, all of Cyprus; and a sister, Eleni Dymiotou of Athens.

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