Sophia Serghi (b. 1972) was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and is now a resident of the United States. She has written works for stage, orchestra, and chamber ensembles, along with her vocal and multimedia works, and her compositions have been performed throughout Europe and the United States.

Serghi studied with Vincent McDermott at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon from 1990-94, where she earned her B.A. cum laude, and then with George Edwards, Jonathan D. Kramer and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University from 1994-98, where she earned her M.A. and D.M.A. Serghi continued her musical education with mentorships from George Tsontakis, John Harbison, Robert Kyr, Judith Weir, Betsy Jolas, William Albright, Louis Andriessen, Theodore Antoniou, Jacob Druckman, Lou Harrison, Frederic Rzewski, Joan Tower and Arvo Part.

Recent performances of solo collections of Serghi’s works have been held at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in DC, Cadogan Hall and the Hellenic Center in London, The Berlin Konzerthaus, The Cité International des Arts in Paris, the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, and the Athens Concert Hall in Greece, to name a few. Her works have been recorded on various labels, and her honors include Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships, Distinguished Professorships, and first prizes in the Cyprus State Orchestra (1997, for KavoGreko), the Athens Concert Hall Greek Composers (1998, for Sizzle), and the American Composers Orchestra Whittaker award (1999, for Panegyric) competitions.

She has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the American Composers Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Colors, The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Piano Trio, Relache, the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, the Chilingirian String Quartet, the Flux Quartet, E Modern Quartet, The Athens Arts Trio, Duo Palmos, Ensemble Sizzle, the New Julliard Ensemble, the Lubliana String Quartet, the Greek Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Nash Ensemble, and Speculum Musicae. Serghi has written music for multimedia productions, including the opera The Noah’s: a climatic Tale at Theatre Pompoen in Amsterdam, several theatre productions with the Cyprus National Theatre Company, feature films and documentaries.

Sophia Serghi is a Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Professor Serghi has two beautiful daughters, Ariadne and Alkyone.


Night of Light

Release Date: April 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5866
21st Century
Vocal Music
String Orchestra
NIGHT OF LIGHT is the latest CD from Cypriot composer Sophia Serghi featuring five of her works for orchestra and voice: Night of Light, a musical reaction to Easter in Manhattan and a document of the composer's spiritual growth; Serghi's earliest work for orchestra and voice, Cantus Integritatis, comprised of four introspective and meditative movements based on the composer's own Latin poetry; Full Moon Haiku, a collaboration with poet Nancy Schoenberger setting the mensal characteristics of the full moon to music; Ikon, inspired by an unusual Ikon in Paris; and Night of Light: Reprise.