Roxanna Albayati is a cellist, improviser and performer based in London, UK. She is one of the founding members 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 co-formed This Thus, a piano & cello duo specialising in new music.
She is currently completing her MA in Performance and Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: specialising in cello performance under Natalia Pavlutskaya, improvisation under Douglas Finch and second study singing under Linda Hurst. 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, Oliver Coates and Mathew Sharp.
Roxanna has worked with composers such as Alan Hilario, Cecília Arditto and Neil Luck, and 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