Composer Nick Gianopoulos and His Life ‘Con Variazioni’

George “Nick” Gianopoulos ’07, right, top, composer-in-residence for the LA-based Symbiosis Chamber Ensemble, turns pages for Oswego music professor Robert Auler, who performs Gianopoulos’ classical piece, “Theme and Variations,” during a concert in Sheldon Hall Ballroom.

Enrolling without specifying a major, George Nicholas Gianopoulos ’07 expected his SUNY Oswego journey to proceed “con variazioni,” with changes. He was leaning toward computer science, when—as one of 126 students enrolled in MUS 101, a general education music appreciation course—he discovered his passion. He played no instrument. He did not read music. He insists