Biography

British born “Lydia Kakabadse is a phenomenon and a virtual reincarnation of an earlier music master” (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music). “A very gifted and accessible composer” with “a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas” (Music Web International), Lydia started piano lessons at the age of five and composing at the age of thirteen. She studied the double bass during her teenage years under the late Ida Carroll OBE and went on to read music at Royal Holloway College, University of London. She then spent several years studying and teaching (at Adult Education Centres) Middle Eastern & Greek dancing, the rhythmic and melodic features of which served to widen her creative writing. In order to finance her compositions, concerts and music projects, she qualified as a solicitor and worked in the legal profession. Lydia writes mainly chamber and choral music and her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, cantata, choral work for children’s choir, concert Requiem Mass as well as song cycles and hymns for male voice choir. As a result of her multi-national heritage (Russian/Georgian father and Greek/Austrian mother), Lydia was brought up in the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox faith, from where she draws inspiration especially for her choral works. Other inspirational sources, which are evident in her albums, include Middle Eastern & mediaeval music, poets of the Romantic era (1800 – 1850) and traditional/folk dances. The double bass features in nearly all of Lydia’s chamber works. With its deep distinctive sound coupled with the great richness it adds to the sonority of a quartet, all her string quartets include the double bass together with the violin, viola and cello. A selection of her chamber works, "The Phantom Listeners", was released on CD by Naxos in 2011 and has received many fine reviews. Her music is played on BBC Radio 3 and her string quartet "Russian Tableaux" from that album, was included in BBC Radio 3’s playlist on 8th March 2015 to mark International Women’s Day. Her choral work "I Remember" - commissioned by Forest School (Altrincham) - was premiered in April 2016 at the Bellevue Education Northern Music Festival 2016. The following month her CD of sacred choral music "Cantica Sacra" - performed by the Alumni of the Choir of Clare College Cambridge under the directorship of Graham Ross - was released under the Divine Art label to critical acclaim. A new album of Lydia's chamber works - "Concertato" - performed by sound collective, was released by Divine Art in February 2017 and has received very good reviews. Lydia has been commissioned by the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London to write a choral work for mixed choir to mark the Hellenic Institute's 25th anniversary in 2018. Lydia has been included as a Greek heritage classical composer in the “Archive of Classical Greek Composers”. Website www.lydiakakabadse.com

John Dyer

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Lydia Kakabadse

Location 
Suffolk
United Kingdom
55° 22' 40.9836" N, 3° 26' 9.5028" W
Suffolk GB