Delaware Symphony Violinist Killed While Driving Home From Concert

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Theophanis Dymiotis, a 41-year-old violinist, composer and adjunct music professor at McDaniel College in Lutherville, Maryland, was killed in an automobile accident on a Delaware highway last Saturday (March 10).

He was traveling back from Wilmington, where he had just performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, according to a statement on the website of McDaniel College, where he had taught violin since 2004.

Dymiotis was driving on US Highway 301 very near the Delaware-Maryland border when a car heading in the opposite direction attempted to pass an 18-wheeler truck and struck Dymiotis's auto head-on. Each vehicle spun about 90 feet from the point of impact, according to the Delaware News Journal. The driver and passenger of the oncoming vehicle, both of whom were killed as well, have not yet been identified.

The Cyprus-born Dymiotis was also a member of the Annapolis-based Mariner String Quartet since 2002, and co-concertmaster and composer-in-residence with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, which performs in several locations on the DelMarVa peninsula.

In 1987, he graduated with an honors degree in music from Cambridge University, where he studied composition and violin and performed under conductors incuding Neville Marriner. In 1995 he received a doctoral degree in music composition from Princeton University, where he studied composition with Robert Sadin and violin with Hamao Fujiwara.

From 1995 until 1998 he was an assistant professor of music theory and composition at Goucher College in Baltimore. He also performed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

The Baltimore Sun quotes Adam Gonzalez, the Marriner Quartet's cellist, as saying, "He was just a consummate artist. He was always well-rehearsed for everything we did."

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