Jennifer Athena Galatis from the beginning of her career,
she charted new directions for composing, pushing the boundaries of
classical orchestration with the use of electronic instrumentation. Over
the last decade, she has been recognized for incorporating
computer-generated electronic instruments in combination with a real
orchestra for film scoring.
Born in Canada, and the daughter of Greek
immigrants, Galatis moved to Athens, Greece in 1978 as a child, and it
was there where she took her first music lessons. While still at school,
her work was performed in many concerts around Athens. Her composition
teacher Yannis Kastrinos was one of her mentors. Kastrinos was very
surprised by her first symphony written at the age of 13 and he told her
he will never show his compositions to her because he didn't want to
influence her style. She graduated in 1988 from the National
Conservatory in Athens with a performance and composition degree, and
soon after went to study piano with Oxana Yablonskaya at Julliard, and
Claude Savard at the University of Montreal. She has also worked at
McGill University as an assistant to Professor Charles Reiner. Over the
course of her career, she has been the recipient of numerous national
and international awards in recognition of her achievements as an
Galatis works are included in numerous trailers, documentaries, TV
shows, and films. Her classical music works have been featured on CBC
radio and Radio Canada.
Galatis presently lives and composes from Greece.