AYDA AKBAL

COMPOSER AND SONGWRITER FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

 
 
 
 
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ABOUT AYDA AKBAL

Ayda Akbal is a composer, songwriter and producer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about 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 Arts at Monash University, whilst broadening her skillset both at home and overseas. Recently she was accepted into New York University’s Film Scoring Summer Intensive, and also offered a fully-funded placed at APRA AMCOS Screen Music SongHubs event in late 2022.


Ayda is most proud of her recent 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.


Her first collaboration on a musical, ’The Brink Of Womanhood’, recently took to the stage in April at the Athenaeum Theatre in the heart of Chicago, Illinois - being performed to sold-out audiences.

Ayda is excited to begin workshopping and writing the music for her second musical, working closely with a renowned Australian Comedian - to bring his one-man show to the musical theatre stage. 


Ayda has also finished scoring her first short documentary, ‘Putty’s Pride’, which gained international recognition - premiering at the Coast Film Festival in California, and the Melbourne/Sydney Lift-Off Festival at the end of 2021.

She also composes commercially for Thermo Fisher Scientific US, with her music reaching thousands of viewers internationally on YouTube and Instagram.


Ayda loves writing and exploring music in all its forms and is excited to continue to grow her career, wherever that may take her.


Alongside working as a composer, Ayda regularly performs as a pianist and vocalist around Melbourne.

(April, 2022)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Australian Guild Of Screen Composers 

Alliance for Women Film Composers 

The Society of Composers & Lyricists

Women In Film Victoria

APRA AMCOS

EDUCATION

2020-2024

  • Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Technology) & Psychology at Monash University

2022

2021

2019

  • Graduated from St Leonard’s College Music Program

2016

  • Graduated from Yamaha Music and Composition School

AWARDS

2021

  • Oct: Monash University Composition Prize Runner Up

2020

  • Jun-Sep: Artology Open Fanfare Finalist

2019

  • Nov: Vocal composition shortlisted for the ACMF Songwriting Competition

  • Oct: Music Honours Group at St Leonard's College

  • Sep: Theme chosen for Royal Children's Hospital's 'Essential Ethics' Podcast

  • Aug: Best Massed Choir Conductor at the St Leonard's College House Music Competition

2017

  • Nov: Instrumental and Vocal composition shortlisted in the ACMF Songwriting Competition

  • May: Artology Fanfare Finalist where her Fanfare was recorded by the AYO and played in concert halls across Australia

 

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)

Melbourne, Australia

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)
Florida, USA

Brayden's Tale Book One: Manes & Magi

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)
Melbourne, Australia

Fractured Short Film

 

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