NA'AMA ZISSER
 
Hauntingly Melodic
— THE STAGE

Na’ama is a London based Israeli composer. Her work is visually driven and often collaborative with other art forms, with a focus on opera, contemporary dance, staged performances, film and instrumental music. Her music is concerned with intonation, textures, repetition, intimacy and nostalgia, and has been described as ‘free of cliches’ (The Guardian).

Na’ama has been commissioned by and worked with such ensembles and organisations as: London Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Aurora Orchestra, CHROMA, Royal Opera House, National Opera Studio, Tête à Tête, Grimeborn, DanceUK, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players and Israel Camerata. She has held residencies and fellowships with Sound & Music, East London Dance, Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, Classical Next fellowship and LSO Soundhub residency. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council and PRS, and had been performed in venues including South Bank Centre, Kings Place, Barbican, Snape Malting, the Roundhouse, the National Portrait Gallery, Sadler’s Wells and LSO St Luke’s, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3 & 4 and online radio station NTS. Na’ama’s music has been performed internationally across Europe, America and Israel.

In the last three years, Na’ama has been doctoral composer-in-residence with the Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she composed a newly commissioned opera MAMZER/BASTARD, the first opera to feature and reference Orthodox-Jewish Cantorial music with a role written for a Cantor. The opera, directed by Jay Scheib (Bat Out Of Hell) and conducted by Jessica Cottis premiered last summer to sold out shows.

B. in 1988, Na’ama grew up in Israel in an Orthodox-Jewish community. She had moved to London in 2010 upon completion of her compulsory military service as a pianist/arranger at the Air-Force Orchestra. Na’ama studied at the Royal College of Music under Mark Anthony Turnage, where she received the Hursltone & Cobbet prize for outstanding creative achievement. Upon graduation she received an exceptional talent visa granted by the Arts Council to live and work in the UK. She is currently completing her PhD at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Julian Philips.