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Biography

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 (2018) and the Queensland Youth Orchestras (2020). She has collaborated with, and been mentored by leading Australian musicians and sound engineers such as Elizabeth Drake, Harriett Allcroft, Hadyn Buxton, Johannes Luebbers and Toshi Clinch.


Ayda is currently 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. Her upcoming projects are testament to her diverse skillset, as she writes the soundtracks for a fantasy-adventure audiobook, a musical featuring a beautiful story of growth and also commercially, for global companies such as ThermoFisher Scientific. Her debut album 'Magic' will be released in August 2021, which she has composed, recorded, produced & sound-engineered all on her own. 


Alongside working professionally as a composer, she also performs regularly as a pianist and vocalist at 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 in her sound.

(July 2021)

 

Awards

July-Sep 2020 - Artology Open Fanfare Finalist

Nov 2019 - Vocal composition shortlisted for the ACMF Songwriting Competition

October 2019 - Music Honours Group at St Leonard's College

August 2019 - Best Massed Choir Conductor at the St Leonard's College House Music Competition

2017-2018 - Artology Fanfare Finalist where her Fanfare was recorded by the AYO and played in concert halls across Australia

Nov 2017 - Instrumental and Vocal composition shortlisted in the ACMF Songwriting Competition

Education

Jan 2020-Ongoing - Monash University Double Degree
Bachelor of Music: Specialising in Composition and Music Technology

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology Major, Spanish and Latin American Studies Minor

2009 - 2019 - St Leonard’s College Music Program Ensembles

Including performances in the Choral, String and Generations in Jazz Programs and composing for the highest quality ensembles in the school.

2007-2016 - Yamaha Music and Composition School