Andys Skordis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1983. He left Cyprus at the age of 20 and has been living abroad ever since. He studied Composition and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, and later composition at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. Additionally, he studied Karnatic music with Dr. Rafael Reina and Balinese Gamelan at ISI Denpasar in Bali.
As a composer he finds inspiration in the primordial human nature, which is reflected through a contemporary methodology in his compositions. His recent works find stimulation from ceremonial and mystical rituals from the world and from his personal experiences. These incentives are expressed as a representation of a contemporary ritual characterized by tension and mysticism in his music. He considers music as a time sculpture, which adopts form and meaning in the context it is performed; constantly changing and always evolving into something unknown.
Andys has written over fifty compositions, comprising mostly of operas, orchestral and chamber music, oratorios, gamelan pieces and music for theatre, dance and short films. His music has been performed worldwide at festivals and concerts by many renowned ensembles, as well as amateur groups. In 2012 he won the Buma Toonzetters Prize for his composition “The deeper you go…”, awarding him with the best composition of that year in the Netherlands. Other prizes include a prize at the International competition for piano quintet 2016 in South Korea, the 1st and 2nd prizes by competitions organized by Cyprus Symphony orchestra, and more awards and scholarships from Iceland, Mexico, Indonesia, Cyprus, the Netherlands and USA.
Besides composing he is the founder of the free improvisation collective “The Brain Masturbation” and the contemporary ensemble“PATSIAOURA”, which he also directs. He also presents seminars on Karnatic music in various foundations in Europe, Asia and America. At the moment he lives in Athens composing music for concerts and theatre.