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 5 and composing at the age of 13. She studied the double bass during her teenage years under the late Ida Carroll OBE and went on to read music at Royal Holloway University of London. Lydia writes mainly chamber, vocal and choral music and her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, cantata and choral works for mixed choir (SATB), male voice choir and children’s choir.  Her works have been released on CD under the Naxos and Divine Art labels and have been widely performed, commissioned and broadcast (including BBC Radio 3).  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 and poets of the Romantic era (1800 – 1850).  Lydia has written original texts in Latin for her vocal works. The double bass features in nearly all of her 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 string quartet "Russian Tableaux" from that album, was included in BBC Radio 3’s playlist in March 2015 and 2017 to mark International Women’s Day. In 2016, 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" (renamed "The Rossetti Ensemble"), was released by Divine Art in 2017 and has received very good reviews. Recent commissioned choral works include "I Remember" commissioned by Forest School, Altrincham (premiered in 2016) and "Odyssey" commissioned by The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London to mark its 25th anniversary (premiered in 2018).  Two of her works - "The Song of the Shirt" (written when Lydia was 15 years old) and "Russian Tableaux" are published by Noteworthy Sheet Music LLC (USA).  She has been included as a Greek heritage classical composer in the “Archive of Classical Greek Composers”.  Lydia holds a Masters degree in law with distinction and, in the past, worked as a solicitor in order to fund her many music projects.  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