Roxanna Albayati is a cellist based in London, UK, currently completing her MA in Performance and Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tutelage of Natalia Pavlutskaya. In 2015 she completed a BMus in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, specialising in performance under the supervision of Rebecca Turner. Roxanna has participated in masterclasses with cellists such as Alexander Ivashkin, Nicolas Altstaedt and Oliver Coates.
Roxanna's greatest interest in performance lies in contemporary music and performance art. She is one of the founding member's of the New Maker Ensemble, a group dedicated to experimenting with various art forms of new music and performance art. In 2019 she won the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition, and also formed the Zorya Duo. Roxanna has performed in many conferences and events including King’s Cross ‘Tête-à-tête’ Opera Festival, Sounds Between Conference (University of Surrey) as well as the ‘Compositional Aesthetics and Political Conference’ (Goldsmiths College).
"I was fortunate enough to work with Roxanna recently. She was incredibly professional, very quick and most importantly her playing was beautiful. She was an asset to the session and enhanced the music she played."
Cesar Lavin, composer
"This was a real journey...transcending the conventional use of instruments. There was an involving sense of ebb and flow. Highly charged, colourful and striking."
Linda Hurst & Ian Mitchell, adjudicators for 2019 Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition
"Roxanna played beautifully and silenced the whole room, I would recommend Roxanna for any event."
Lucinda Bellm, LAMB Arts Gallery Director