An American composer based in London, Arlene Sierra writes music that takes its impetus from rich sources including military strategy, Darwinian evolution and game theory. The Guardian describes her work as having ‘its own character, in which historical and contemporary influences are fused into a highly flexible and distinctive style’, while Time Out New York describes it as ‘spry, savage, sly and seductive.’

Performers include the Tokyo Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, New York City Opera VOX, ICE, Psappha, Lontano, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Schubert Ensemble, and many others. Recent commissions include a piano concerto Art of War for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Game of Attrition for the New York Philharmonic, Cicada Shell (Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust), Insects in Amber (Cheltenham Music Festival), Neruda Settings (Tanglewood Music Festival),

Hand Mit Ringen (Huddersfield Music Festival, Moler for the Seattle Symphony and Urban Birds (PRSF New Music Biennial).

Born in Miami to a family of New Yorkers, Arlene Sierra is a graduate of Oberlin College-Conservatory, Yale School of Music and the University of Michigan. Dr Sierra is Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and MMus Composition at Cardiff University School of Music. Her guest professorships and master classes have included Eastman School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea), Cambridge University, and Kings College London.

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Ian Phillips-McLaren