Freya Waley-Cohen

2017 RPS Composition Prize winner

Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2018

Freya Waley Cohen’s music has been performed in the Sage Gateshead, St John’s Smith Square, The Barbican Centre as part of the Sound Unbound weekend, The British Film Institute, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum and at Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Dartington, Cheltenham, St Magnus, Ryedale and Spitalfields festivals by musicians including Orchestra of the Swan, Manson Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knussen, The Street Orchestra of London, CHROMA ensemble, The Piatti Quartet, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. 

Having been a Britten-Pears Young Artist, 2013-16, she holds an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music, during which she has collaborated with architectural designers Finbarr O'Dempsey and Andrew Skulina to create Permutations, an architectural performance artwork which launched at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival along with a CD of the music from the artwork and her Unveil for solo violin on Signum Classics. 

Freya studied with Giles Swayne during her undergraduate degree at Cambridge, and with Simon Bainbridge for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where she is currently completing a PhD under Oliver Knussen. At RAM, Freya was the 2014-15 Manson Fellow.

She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival, Sage Gateshead, 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, was a 2016 Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Festival, and is Associate Composer of Non-Classical, Magnard Ensemble and Reverie Choir. 

She is a founding member and artistic director of Listenpony, a concert series, commissioning body and record label that programmes classical music, both new and old, alongside a variety of other genres including folk, jazz and pop, in beautiful and unusual venues. 

(July 2017)

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