Theodore Antoniou joined the faculty of Hellenic American University in 2006 after being awarded Professor Emeritus status at Boston University. He is currently the Director of Music Program at Hellenic American University. He is one of the most eminent and prolific contemporary music artists and has had a long career as composer, conductor and professor of composition at the University of Utah, Philadelphia Musical Academy, and Stanford and Boston Universities. He studied violin, voice, and composition at the National Conservatory in Athens, with further studies in conducting and composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and the International Music Center in Darmstadt. After holding teaching positions at Stanford University, the University of Utah, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he became Professor of Composition at Boston University in 1978. He has received several ASCAP Awards, and in 1991 he was awarded the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching by Boston University. In 2003 the Ionian University conferred upon him an honorary doctorate. In 2004 the University of Vienna and the Alfred Toepfer Foundation of Hamburg, Germany, awarded him the prestigious 2004 Herder Prize, in recognition of his contribution to cultural understanding and peace among the countries of South Eastern Europe. Theodore Antoniou has composed more than 450 works, ranging from operas and choral works to chamber music, solo instrumental pieces and music for films and theater.
His most recent distinctions are the «Commander of the Order of Honor», presented by the President of the Hellenic Republic (February 2007) and an Honorary Doctorate from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (March 2009). In May 2014 he became a full member of the Academy of Athens.