British composer Lydia Kakabadse "is a phenomenon and a virtual reincarnation of an earlier music master and her music is impressively singular" (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music). Lydia lives in the UK and writes mainly chamber and choral music. Her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, a cantata, a concert requiem Mass and choral works for mixed choir, male voices and children's choir. A "very gifted and accessible composer" with "a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas" (Music Web International), Lydia's works have been released on CD under the Naxos and Divine Art labels. Her unique compositional style - "brilliant in respect of writing and musical ideas" (Jazz & Tzaz) - features the double harmonic scale (also known as the Arabic scale) and combines open triads and Gothic features with Middle Eastern traits and rich melody. An avid Latin enthusiast and greatly inspired by Mediaeval music, Lydia has written her own texts in Latin for her choral works and also adapted sacred Latin texts. She also draws inspiration from Greek & Russian Orthodox liturgical traditions, Middle Eastern music and poets of the Romantic era.
Recent commissioned works include I Remember (a choral work for children's choir) commissioned by Forest School (Greater Manchester, UK) for the Bellevue Education Northern Music Festival 2016 and Odyssey (a choral work for SATB with harp accompaniment) commissioned by the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London in celebration of the Hellenic Institute's 25th anniversary in 2018.
A composer from the age of 13 and an accomplished double bass player and pianist whilst still at school, Lydia read music (B.Mus Hons) at Royal Holloway University of London. All her string quartets are scored for violin, viola, cello and double bass, a timbral combination that works well, with the double bass adding a great richness and abundance of colour to the quartet's sonority.
Lydia's works have been broadcast worldwide and have been played on national radio - BBC Radio 3. Her string quartet Russian Tableaux was included in BBC Radio 3's playlist to mark International Women's Day in March 2015 and March 2017. This work was also played at the 3rd Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts (March 2015) in California. Lydia's compositions have been performed by acclaimed chamber ensembles and choirs, including "sound collective" and the choirs of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge and Clare College Cambridge. Her latest commission Odyssey will be performed next Fall by the Choir of Royal Holloway, considered to be one of the finest mixed voice collegiate choirs in Great Britain.
In recent years, Lydia's works have been performed at numerous UK venues, including St. John's Smith Square London, Grosvenor House London, Ely Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Royal Northern College of Music and various University College chapels.
Lydia also holds a Master's degree in Law (LL.M distinction) and in the past worked as a solicitor [lawyer] to fund her many music projects.
Currently NSM offers two works by Lydia Kakabadse: Russian Tableaux for string quartet, published in September, 2017; and The Song of the Shirt for soprano (or alto flute) and piano, published in August, 2018.