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 Composers
Collaborators and Agency Composers

Our composers come from many walks of life. We represent leading and upcoming composers. From this page you can get to know our composers as well as how you can approach commissioning them.

Ben Lunn Composer
His music has been described as 'Evocative' - Buzz Magazine, 'Restrained Otherworldliness' - P.G. MusicWeb International 'Chilling' - Theatre Wales or 'produces...glorious roaring sounds' and 'desolate monotone'. He has also been referred to as a 'Composer of life music' - M.K.
His music, as he continues to develop, is more and more retrospective often drawing more influence from the ancient. Despite being so reflective of tradition, his work always remains of the time. His contradictory influences from Buddhism and Bataille, Perotin and Radulescu, Part and Harvey continue to hold him on the precipice of the now and the past.
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Kristina Arakelyan  Composer
Our youngest associated composer, Kristina Arakelyan is an award winning composer has an already flourishing  career. Currently studying in the Royal Academy of Music, Kristina has worked with some of Britain's leading ensembles, including BBC Singers. Her music focuses on a clarity of idea and features beautiful flowing melodies. She will be featured in our Yerevan events.
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Evan Kassof
Evan Kassof Composer, Conductor
A composer who strives for intellectual intergrity and emotional potency, Evan Kassof's works often draw on scientific discoveries but with a Wagnerian sense of grandeur. Drawing influences from the soundworlds of Xenakis and Ligeti, Evan continues to write large scales works such as opera (Memoirs of Transformation) and orchestral works. His chamber works have managed to keep every ounce of intensity and his songs highlight his emotive powers.
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Van Sarkissian
Van Sarkissian Guitarist, Composer
Van Sarkissian is one of the most inventive and artistic guitarists and composer from his generation. Having been awarded a full scholarship from the Manoukian foundation in 2010, Van Sarkissian began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, which was a turning point for his professional career.  Since then he has been involved in a variety of different collaborations and concert opportunities, which have included performances of his own works and some of his arrangements for guitar and chamber music. His undertaking of composition lessons has led him to becoming established as a composer in addition to being a performer.
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Justina Repečkaitė  Composer
The music of Justina Repečkaitė has many similarities to a diamond. With its hard unforgiving shape and geometric perfection, it creates a profound and striking beauty, which singles her out from many composers of her generation. The composer’s work is highly modernistic giving almost nothing away to the listener, but in its boldness drags the audience along with her. 
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Andrew Crossley  Composer
Andrew Crossley
Andrew Crossley is rare beautiful combination of spiritually inspiration and compositional integrity. His works often draw influence from Zen/Tibetan philosophy as well as drawing on the music and aesthetics of John Cage and Jonathan Harvey. His work with electronics have produced some of his most potent and evocative works.  He is currently resident of Mexican Centre for Music and Sound Art (CMMAS) and the University of Huddersfield to write a new electroacoustic piece for performance at the 2016 Visiones Sonoras Festival and the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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Aleksandr G. Brusentsev  Composer
Aleksandr Brusentsev is a composer who creates ‘brilliantly conceived and realised’ (Simon Bainbridge) music that embodies the joys, complexities, and contradictions of a 21st-century life in transition. His idiosyncratic compositions have been performed and lauded in the US and across the UK by both artists and audiences alike.
More committed to saying it right than to simply saying it, Brusentsev approaches each composition as multi-layered musical world, one that invites and engages as much as it challenges and provokes one to listen not as a spectator but as a participant—regardless of musical background, allowing the music to serve as a catalyst for questioning, reflection, and, most importantly, empathy.
 
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Elischa Kaminer  Composer
Elischa Kaminer (*1991) is an award-winning director and composer of chamber, orchestral and electronic music based in London and Frankfurt.
In 2010 Elischa was awarded a scholarship to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music with David Sawer and graduated with a First Class Honours. He commenced his studies in 2014 at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen under the direction of Heiner Goebbels. Next to his work as a composer for film, theatre and the concert hall, Elischa has devised stage works, live art and installations that culminated in performances at Spitalfield’s Music Festival, Akademie der Künste Vienna, KORZO Theatre, The Hague and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.
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Maja Palaser  Composer
Maja graduated with a first class honours degree in composition from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2011, where she had studied composition under tutor Peter Reynolds. Her particular interest lies in creating atmospheric sound worlds drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical styles, topics and subjects, as well as experimenting with extended instrumental techniques. Maja's musical background was shaped strongly through her parents who brought her up on a diet of Jazz, Blues and 1960s/ 70s Rock, her father being himself a Jazz musician.
Apart from music, Maja enjoys art and acting and completed a foundation degree in fine art before deciding to study for a degree in music.
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Bofan Ma Composer
Since the initial point of his study in piano playing at his 4 years old, Bofan has received a coherent formal music education at both Music Elementary and Secondary School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SMMS), worked with two famous Chinese composers/pianists: Weihao Qiang and Jianzhong Wang. In 2011, Bofan moved to the UK and is currently studying his third year undergraduate of composition at Royal Academy of Music with support from both the Academy and Ismena Holland Prize Foundation, supervised by Mr Paul Patterson. 
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Andrey Rubtsov Composer, Conductor
Andrey Rubtsov is currently an assistant to Donald Runnicles at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a 2014 Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
His pieces have been performed in more than 50 countries from Malaysia to Bermuda and published in USA. He composed a chamber ballet for the Bolshoi Theatre project and his woodwind quintet has become a standard repertoire piece for already more than 35 quintets all over the world including the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
Andrey enjoyed numerous commissions from the Russian State Chamber Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. Upcoming events include his Oboe Concerto as a compulsory piece for the Moscow Conservatoire International Music Competition Final in November 2015 and Violin Concerto premiere in February 2016 in 9 German cities with Julia Fischer and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
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Yiran Zhao Composer
Yiran Zhao (*1988 in QingDao, PRC) lives and studies in Basel. She studied composition with Professors Zhang Lida and Jia Guoping in Beijing, as well as with Professors Caspar Johannes Walter Michael Reudenbach, and Erik Oña; she also studied computer music withOliver Frick and organ with Jörg-Hannes Hahn. She was awarded many prizes and fellowships, such as the composition prize from Ensemble Recherche in 2008, 1st Prize from the "Con Tempo" composition competition in 2009, the National Fellowship of the People's Republic of China in 2010, and the Deutschlandstipendium in 2013/14. She has worked with many artists, groups and festivals in Europe, Asia and Americe, such as the "211 Kammermusik Program", Garage Ensemble, the "AXES" Triduum in Krakow, with Ensemble Echtzeit, the Philharmonia Choir in Stuttgart, the Donaueschingen Musiktage "Next Generation" Off-Program, with Sinogerman Sounds, the pourChœur Vocal Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Rosa Rosae Rosam, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble Klang Büro, Black Forest Percussion Group, Ensemble Hörwerk, ZEIT RÄUME - Basel Biennale für neue Musik und Architektur, and numerous others. She was assistant at the Studio for New Musik at the State Conservatory for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Her work incorporates various modes of expression: integrating purely musical elements, lighting, visual art, and othermedia.
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