Emily Abdy

Emily Abdy

emily abdy (she/her) is a composer, writer, researcher and performer based in the uk.

emily’s work has been performed by professional ensembles such as orkest de ereprijs, the schubert ensemble, project instrumental, cobalt duo and decibel. her creative practice draws influence from the combination of her two musical roots - classical training on the violin and performing her own songs at local open mic nights - and touches on wider topics relating to her own personal experience such as relationships, mental health, body image, gender and the music industry. her auto-ethnographic approach to songwriting is involuntarily the same for her instrumental music. she often makes use of sung or spoken word and performs her own pieces. emily’s practice is interdisciplinary and uses film, movement and/or visuals in aspects of her work.

emily studied at royal birmingham conservatoire where she earned a first class degree in music composition. she was offered a place to continue her studies and awarded three composition prizes: the 2018 royal birmingham conservatoire orchestral prize and the 2019 orchestral and john mayer memorial prizes. she was also selected for the 2020 annual young composers meeting in apeldoorn, nl. she has received tuition and masterclasses from a range of composers and artists, including: jennifer walshe, martijn padding, errollyn wallen, richard ayres, joe cutler, sara colman, michael wolters, ed bennett, fumiko miyachi, andy ingamells, ayanna witter-johnson, jasna veličković, andrew hamilton, seung-won oh and genevieve murphy. she now studies composition and film music analysis at postgraduate level. 

she is passionate about creating new opportunities for music to be created, shared and performed. emily curated the first songwriters’ showcase event at royal birmingham conservatoire in 2017 and co-curated the conservatoire’s first international women’s day festival in 2018. she ‘vlogged’ her final year of undergraduate study which was edited into 45-minute feature film, freely available to watch on youtube. her aim for the project was to provide a resource to potential applicants that made conservatoire study visually accessible and less intimidating.

Biography

emily abdy (she/her) is a composer, writer, researcher and performer based in the uk.

emily’s work has been performed by professional ensembles such as orkest de ereprijs, the schubert ensemble, project instrumental, cobalt duo and decibel. her creative practice draws influence from the combination of her two musical roots - classical training on the violin and performing her own songs at local open mic nights - and touches on wider topics relating to her own personal experience such as relationships, mental health, body image, gender and the music industry. her auto-ethnographic approach to songwriting is involuntarily the same for her instrumental music. she often makes use of sung or spoken word and performs her own pieces. emily’s practice is interdisciplinary and uses film, movement and/or visuals in aspects of her work.

emily studied at royal birmingham conservatoire where she earned a first class degree in music composition. she was offered a place to continue her studies and awarded three composition prizes: the 2018 royal birmingham conservatoire orchestral prize and the 2019 orchestral and john mayer memorial prizes. she was also selected for the 2020 annual young composers meeting in apeldoorn, nl. she has received tuition and masterclasses from a range of composers and artists, including: jennifer walshe, martijn padding, errollyn wallen, richard ayres, joe cutler, sara colman, michael wolters, ed bennett, fumiko miyachi, andy ingamells, ayanna witter-johnson, jasna veličković, andrew hamilton, seung-won oh and genevieve murphy. she now studies composition and film music analysis at postgraduate level. 

she is passionate about creating new opportunities for music to be created, shared and performed. emily curated the first songwriters’ showcase event at royal birmingham conservatoire in 2017 and co-curated the conservatoire’s first international women’s day festival in 2018. she ‘vlogged’ her final year of undergraduate study which was edited into 45-minute feature film, freely available to watch on youtube. her aim for the project was to provide a resource to potential applicants that made conservatoire study visually accessible and less intimidating.

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