Biography

Emily Hazrati (b. 1998) is a composer studying for her MA in Opera Making & Writing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in association with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Her music has been performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra, The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Gill and David Gompper, The Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford, The Korrigan Consort, Richard Casey, and CHROMA ensemble, amongst many others. Most recently, she was commissioned by Choir & Organ Magazine for their 2020 New Music Series (May issue), in partnership with Graham Ross and The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Upcoming projects include a chamber opera to be premiered at Milton Court (Barbican) in July 2021, and a new work for Tom McKinney as part of Psappha's 'Composing for...' scheme. Her music is published in Multitude of Voyces’ Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers (Volume Three).

Emily has a particular affinity to writing for the voice and working with text. Recent compositions have set the ancient poetry of Rumi and Sappho, as well as extracts from love letters between medieval nuns. Emotional intensity sits at the heart of her music, which is often inspired by natural phenomena and archival material. Emily enjoys working collaboratively and placing the performer at the center of the creative process. Political themes are becoming more present in her work: most recently, her vocal project with writer Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh and singer Eline Vandenheede explores a child's experience of air raids during the Iran-Iraq war.

Emily completed her MPhil in Composition at Cambridge University with Jeremy Thurlow and Richard Causton, having studied with Robert Saxton, Toby Young, and Deborah Pritchard at Oxford University. She has previously had compositions featured in the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, Music for Youth New Music Stage, and The Minerva Festival, Cambridge, as well as international premieres in The Cornell Club (NYC) and Vilnius Festival (Lithuania). In 2015, Emily won the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition; her fanfare was recorded and played as a warning gong at the Royal Opera House for a year. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Elaine Wong

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