Biography

Photo by Ashley Ward Photography

Sarah Lianne Lewis (b.1988) is a Welsh composer whose music often explores instrumental textures and the aural architecture of performance spaces.  She studied at Cardiff University between 2006 and 2011, receiving a BA 2:1 (Hons) in Music and History, and an MMus in Composition.  Since graduating, she has received several commissions and performances from UK and European festivals, and has enjoyed working with a variety of performers, leading educational workshops, recording sessions and rehearsals, and holding public masterclasses discussing her music.

In 2016 Is there no seeker of dreams that were? was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales, and shortlisted for the ISCM Wales Section of the ISCM World Music Days Vancouver 2017.  The work has subsequently been performed by Orchestre Symphonique Ose! at the Archipel Festival 2017 (Switzerland), and programmed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for their 2017/18 season.

2017 saw Sarah developing a work for chamber choir (Tenso Young Composers Workshop 2016/2017), and composing a new orchestral work for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (ManiFeste Academie 2017).  She also worked alongside Quatuor Bozzini through Sound and Music’s Embedded: Composers’ Kitchen residency, which saw her work presented and premiered in both Montréal, Canada, and Aberdeen, Scotland.

Her current projects for 2018 include commissions for UPROAR ensemble, a Violin Sonata for Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod, and a new work for the Ligeti Quartet through CeNMaS’ workshop.

Sarah’s work is supported by Ty Cerdd, the Colwinston Foundation, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England.