"One of a new generation of female trailblazers"

Electra is a composer and pianist from Scotland of mixed British and Greek heritage, described as ‘A Classical Star of the Future’ by BBC Introducing, ‘One of a new generation of female trailblazers’ by BBC Radio 3 and profiled as ‘One to Watch in 2022’ by The Scotsman newspaper.

Her music draws inspiration from her mixed Scottish and Greek island heritages, focusing on the natural world as a fragile living organism and engaging with natural processes from her home on the Scottish Isle of Arran and from her family’s roots on the Greek Aegean island of Chios.

Following undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in 2021 she graduated with Distinction from the Master of Music in Composition course at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music Award in Composition for an Outstanding Final Portfolio.

Recent commissions have included works for the London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Composers’ Hub. Last year she began a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Composition at the University of Oxford, generously supported by a Magdalen College Graduate Scholarship.

Recent premieres include two performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall of commissions composed for the BBC Concert Orchestra, one of which was the culmination of her work with Streetwise Opera, creating an opera in collaboration with The Magpie Project, a homeless shelter for women and children in East London.

...The opportunity to collaborate and create new music for exciting YCAT musicians with emerging careers on the concert stage will be not only hugely rewarding, but will help to further develop my craft as a composer.

  • As Associate Composer for The Carice Singers, Electra’s new commission for the choir will be premiered in the Holst 150 celebrations at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square on the 18th April 2024.

  • Electra’s recent commission, A Winged Woman, for The Marian Consort vocal ensemble is the titular track on their album with the Linn Records label, released in November 2023.

  • Electra was selected as a 2022-2023 Royal Philharmonic Society Composer and received a joint RPS/ Presteigne Festival Commission to compose a new work for string orchestra. Mastiha was premiered at the Presteigne Festival on 28th August 2023. Reviewing Electra’s new piece in Musical Opinion, critic Paul Conway wrote that it ‘served notice of a fresh, original and questing musical voice’ and that it was ‘inventively written and intriguingly structured’.

  • Electra was selected as a member of the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub scheme, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Composers’ Hub and Scottish Chamber Orchestra New Stories scheme.

  • Electra was commissioned by Streetwise Opera for their 2022/23 Re:sound project, which involved creating new opera with homeless communities and is a shortlisted nominee for a 2024 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the ‘Impact’ category.


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Electra's work is commissioned by YCAT in memory of Hans Keller, and supported by the Cosman Keller Art & Music Trust.

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