Conservatoire student wins commission to work alongside family of major Russian composer


A Birmingham Conservatoire student is celebrating after winning a commission to have her composition performed alongside premieres by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev) and established Welsh composer Mark David Boden.

Selected by Sinfonia Newydd, a young and dynamic Wales-based arts organisation, Yfat Soul Zisso's 'Go!' will be performed for the first time in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Thursday 20 February; with the programme also featuring the Welsh premiere of Prokofiev's 'Concerto for Bass Drum and Orchestra' and world premiere of Boden's 'Urban Loops'.

As well as the opportunity of having her piece performed, Yfat Soul has also benefitted from the experience of Mark David Boden, who has been providing tuition and mentoring to young composers throughout the composition and rehearsal process.

Yfat Soul was one of four young music creators selected to have their composition performed. She said: "'Go!' is a piece exploring a battle between two different kinds of tense materials, one rhythmic and unrelenting and the other incredibly still, begging the question - which creates more tension?"

Yfat Soul graduated from Cardiff University before commencing her Master's degree in Composition under the tuition of Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University. Yfat Soul has had pieces performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Orchestra of the Swan. Her compositional interests range from the use of different musical sound worlds to children's books and the exploration of various extended techniques.

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