Theophanis Dymiotis, 41, music professor

Cyprus-born composer, violinist taught at McDaniel and Goucher

March 13, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

Funeral plans are being made for Theophanis "Phanos" Dymiotis, a violinist, composer and adjunct music professor at McDaniel College who died in a Delaware car crash Saturday night.

Mr. Dymiotis was returning from Wilmington after a performance with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra when he was killed, officials at the college in Westminster said yesterday.

Police said the driver of a northbound car crossed the center line in attempting to pass a tractor-trailer and that the resulting collision killed Mr. Dymiotis and the two occupants of the other car.

The 41-year-old Lutherville resident had taught violin at McDaniel since 2004 and was a faculty member in the college's Summer Orchestra Camp.

A member of the Annapolis-based Mariner String Quartet since 2002, Mr. Dymiotis also was co-concert master and composer-in-residence with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

"He was just a consummate artist," said Adam Gonzalez, the quartet's cellist. "He was always well-rehearsed for everything we did." With his sense of humor and quick mind, Mr. Dymiotis would often come up with a clever pun to erase any tension that might emerge as the quartet practiced, Mr. Gonzalez said.

Born in Cyprus, Mr. Dymiotis was known as one of the best Cypriot composers of his generation, the college said. He had taught theory and composition at Goucher College in Towson.

He graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 and earned a doctorate in musical composition from Princeton University in 1995.

His father, Nicos Dymiotis, was a sculptor in Cyprus.

Survivors include his mother, Stella Dymiotou of Strovolos, Cyprus; a brother, Petros, also of Strovolos; and a sister, Eleni Dymiotou of Athens, Greece.

Caitlin Patton, Mr. Dymiotis' girlfriend, who lives in Chestertown, said his family is planning a burial in Cyprus.

An original composition by Mr. Dymiotis, "The Soldier's Blues," which will premiere March 22 at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, will be dedicated to his memory.

laura.mccandlish@baltsun.com

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