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Alisa Zaika - Composer


Alisa Zaika is a composer, conductor and pianist born in 2001 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

She graduated from a BMus (honours) course at the Royal College of Music with distinction, in first study composition and second study conducting. Currently she is a RCM Scholar, studying her Master’s course (composition with professors Haris Kittos and Simon Holt and conducting with Prof. Howard Williams). In the UK she is also supported by the Talent Unlimited charity.

Alisa has been actively working as a composer and taking part in various projects across the UK and internationally.
During Alisa’s undergraduate studies her music was performed at the reception of His Majesty King Charles III (then The Prince of Wales) at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music.
Soon after Alisa had her first international premiere in Stuttgart, Germany led by conductor Luigi Gaggero and was also invited to perform one of her pieces for the LSO Discovery’s Lunchtime Concert series at the LSO St Luke’s in London.

In June 2023 Alisa won the silver medal at the 7th Manhattan International Music Competition with her composition “SHPOL: Sounds of Poetry for Piano Solo”. In the same year some of her works were performed in Duisburg (Germany), Hjorted (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Kyiv (Ukraine). Additionally, her music is featured in the UCLA Library Contemporary Score Collection.

Continuing her studies in conducting, in April 2023 Alisa has co-founded an independent student orchestra LIHTAR and has been successfully performing a wide range of repertoire with this collective.

To read the interview:

submission December 2023