Rafailia is an award-winning composer, orchestrator, pianist and researcher based in Dublin, Ireland.She has participated and won many composition competitions awards such as Third Prize at International Composition Competition in memory of Alfred Schnittke and Svyatoslav Richter in Sochi,Russia(2015), organized by world-renowned musician Yuri Bashmet and Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, for her piano trio "Wanderer", performed by Moscow soloists ensemble, in Winter Arts Festival, First Prize at International Composition Competition "Donne in Musica 2015", in Serbia for her percussion quartet "Primitiv" and she was a finalist at Dvorak International Composition Competition 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic and Ravel International Composition Competition 2016 in Italy. She holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, a Masters degree in Web Science with master thesis subject: "Statistical and conceptual analysis of neurophysiological data.Example: Emotion analysis through music" and supervisor world-renowned mathematician Ioannis Antoniou, a diploma in piano performance and diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Orchestration. She has graduated the MA program in Scoring for Film and other Visual Media at the prestigious Pulse College of DIT, based at famous Windmill Lane Studios where she studied under respected industry mentors such as Christopher Young, Andy Hill and Conrad Pope and where she recorded and conducted her orchestral works. She is recipient of "Garry Schyman Scholarship" and Film music foundation scholarship.She has made her own short dance art film for her master thesis project called Flak Studio Project (with Andy Hill as advisor) and she has composed under the mentorship of Conrad Pope, for 110-piece orchestra, Seaful Magic, which was professionally recorded in Sofia,Bulgaria at BnR Studios.
"She has a very sophisticated writing and thought beyond her age." Christopher Young
Rafailia was born in Alexandroupolis, a small town in Northern Greece. She took music,dancing and painting lessons from the age of 4 and she engaged with music before she even learned to write. She started to improvise from a very young age and at the age of 9, she composed music and wrote the script for a theatrical play based on Picasso's life, one of her life's idols. She also started piano lessons at the of 6, but she also played years after, traditional percussion, classical and electric guitar and participated in rock and alternative bands with whom she won some awards.
At the age of 17, she was accepted at the Mathematics department of Aristotle University and at "Music College" Conservatory in Thessaloniki. She continued her piano studies with the great piano educator Inessa Symonidou, Armenian pianist, graduate of Tchaikovsky conservatory in Armenia. She also continued her advanced music theory studies in harmony, counterpoint, fugue and orchestration for 7 years with Georgios Sakallieros. She has also participated in numerous masterclasses with different subjects with famous tutors such as piano masterclasses with Matitjahu Kellig,Lola Totsiou, Cyprien Katsaris, Domna Eunouhidou, music technology masterclass with Orestis Tanis, jazz piano masterclasses with Grigoris Simadopoulos, George Kodrafouris, Christos Rafailides, violin masterclass with Leonidas Kavakos, free improvisation masterclass with Antonis Anissegos, composition masterclasses with Liza Lim and Dmitri Smirnov, percussion masterclass with Loukas Metaxas, film music masterclass with Alexandros Mouzas. She also got accepted in composition residencies in Madeira, Sweden and Croatia and she has been awarded a scholarship for an Max MSP/Abbleton course with Todd Krupa from Underground producers Alliance.
She has performed as a soloist but also with chamber ensembles and bands. She has done many free improvisation gigs, especially live performances with dancers,which she really loves. Her works have been performed in Greece, Austria, Russia and Ireland by incredible musicians such as contemporary classical ensemble "Dissonart".
She has participated in many conferences as a lecturer with topics: "Statistical analysis of melodic music rules in different styles of Western music", "Emotion classification with music pieces through EEG statistical analysis", "Music and mathematics: an everlasting relationship".
Besides her mathematics bachelors and masters degree, she has enrolled also in the department of Physical sciences and Education of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has taken medals in track and field sports.
She has cooperated with famous author Eugene Trivizas to make music for his interactive demo video of his children's book "88 dumplings" and with acclaimed director George Papanikolaou for his short film "Femina". She is currently working on multiple dance,film and other classical and media projects.