Ayda Akbal is an emerging composer and arranger, who is passionate about exploring human emotion, perception and culture in her music. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestras and the St Leonard’s College School of Music. She was the winner of the Artology Fanfare Competition in Sydney (2017) and Queensland (2020), placed first and runners up in the Australian Music Foundation’s Annual Songwriting Challenge (2017 and 2019) and was awarded Best Massed Choir Conductor at St Leonard’s College’s Annual House Music Competition (2019). She has collaborated with and been mentored by leading Australian musicians such as Elizabeth Drake, Harriett Allcroft, Johannes Luebbers and Toshi Clinch.
Ayda is based in Melbourne, Australia and is studying a Bachelor of Music, specialising in Composition and Music Technology and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, at Monash University. She is currently working on various projects; including composing the soundtrack for the upcoming audiobook being produced in the US, composing the soundtrack for an upcoming Musical being debuted in Chicago, Illinois, composing commercially for ThermoFisher Scientific and producing her debut album. Alongside working professionally as a composer, she also performs regularly as a pianist and vocalist in venues around Melbourne, such as the Paris Cat Jazz Club. Her work is presently focused on the development of her creative voice and vision and learning how to interweave her own culture into her sound.