COMPOSER AND SONGWRITER FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
Pre-order Ayda's New Album
Pre-order Ayda Akbal’s next album - Where Do I Belong? Here.
Where Do I Belong? Here. is an exploration of what it means (to her) to grow up as a first-generation Turkish-Australian. After a magical recording session, generously funded by the Angus Gray Piano Project Grant, Ayda is deeply excited to be releasing it into the world soon.
She hopes it will connect with everyone in some way, no matter where they are from.
ABOUT AYDA AKBAL
Ayda Akbal is a composer and songwriter for screen and stage - currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about exploring human emotion and culture in her work.
She is excited to learn as much as she can about her craft and is currently finishing a Bachelors of Music and Psychology at Monash University, whilst broadening her skillset both at home and overseas. Recently she participated in New York University’s Film Scoring Summer Intensive (2022), offered a fully-funded placed at APRA AMCOS Screen Music SongHubs camp (2022), and participated in High-Score Co-Op for Video Game Music (2023).
Ayda is proud of her 2021 debut album release, ‘Magic’, which she composed, performed, recorded, produced, and sound-engineered all on her own. She was delighted when it received a 4/5 star review on Divide and Conquer Music.
A year after her album release, Ayda was asked to write the trailer / end-credits song for the feature documentary 'My Sister Liv' (Unreleased) which had its North American Premiere at DOC NYC 2022.
She scored the short film, ‘Putty’s Pride’, which garnered international recognition in 2021 - premiering at the Coast Film Festival in California, and the Melbourne/Sydney Lift-Off Festival. She has further scored other short-films, with directors and collaborators all across the world.
She also composes commercially for well-known global brands (Thermo Fisher Scientific; WW; Dice Throne Board Games), with her music reaching thousands of viewers internationally, and a Kickstarter campaign she composed for raising over $800,000.
Recently, she started a collaboration with a leading VST company – Spitfire Audio – creating composer content and showcasing libraries for both their main brand, and their LABS free products.
Her first collaboration on a musical, ’The Brink Of Womanhood’, took to the stage in April at the Athenaeum Theatre in the heart of Chicago, Illinois - performed to sold-out audiences.
Ayda is excited to be a part of the brilliant creative team behind ‘A Play About Ivy, That Is Really About June’ which premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2022, and is proud to share her emotive soundtrack and song-writing behind the play.
She is also currently working as ‘Composer in Residence’ at Balcombe Grammar School where she is bringing to life an original soundtrack co-composed by the students – to be performed alongside a rendition of ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’.
Although her heart will always lie with Logic Pro, Ayda is also a whizz at Sibelius and has worked extensively as an orchestrator and score-preparer on projects.
She recently prepared the score and parts for a performance by The Perth Symphony Orchestra featuring vocalist Jessie Gordon. Collaborating with a new connection from her experience at NYU, she transcribed and arranged Philip Glass’ score for The Truman Show, for a debut theatrical performance in Madrid, Spain. She also works as a band leader, pianist, and vocalist putting on various gigs around the Melbourne music scene, for which she always prepares and formats her scores and parts to (near) perfection.
Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Technology) & Psychology at Monash University
August: APRA AMCOS SongHubs for Screen
Estill Level 1&2 Voice Training
Graduated from St Leonard’s College Music Program
Graduated from Yamaha Music and Composition School
Ayda is not only an amazing composer, but also an outstanding artist. She has the ability to bring thoughts on a page to life. Her storytelling abilities through her compositions are completely magical. I would recommend her to anyone trying to make a dream come to life, because she is truly a wonderful musician and composer.
Anmarie D'Ortenzio (Writer & Performer)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Brink Of Womanhood: An Original Musical
Ayda is a joy to work with. She’s an expert at extracting the emotions and themes of your project and injecting them into a score. Her attitude is professional and her communication during a project is outstanding. The end results of her work speak for themselves, they’re emotional, distinct, and engaging. Would highly recommend her to those seeking scores for film and video.
Jackson Hayat (Filmmaker)
Putty's Pride Documentary
Ayda isn't only an imaginative and creative musician. She is adept at translating her clients vision into a musical experience. The work she has done for my book series has been unparalleled by anyone else that I have worked with. She is responsive, professional, and timely. Consulting her for your scoring needs is an obvious choice.
Bryce Walter (Author)
Brayden's Tale Book One: Manes & Magi
Ayda Akbal has created a sonic landscape which is both independently compelling yet crucial in guiding the emotional arch of the play. It is a blessing to have her angelic, ingenious and carefully composed music underscoring the language.
Olive Weeks (Writer/Director)
A Play About Ivy, That Is Really About June
Ayda is a very talented composer who approached all my requests with consideration, professionalism and talent. She produced an excellent score under a tight deadline and responded quickly to messages.
Molly Powell (Filmmaker)
Fractured Short Film