Roxanna Albayati is a cellist, artist and researcher. She merges experimental music and performance art, through focusing on cross-cultural improvisation, Iranian classical music and physicality of performance. Although predominantly a cellist, Roxanna also uses her voice and body to materialise and realise her experimentations, fascinated by the process and natural evolution of discovery. Her teaching, artistic and research practices often cross paths, where, through constantly embodying a/r/tographic principles, Roxanna places herself at the centre of inquiry, in order to strengthen and inform the basis for creative and educational practices.
She is one of the founding members of the New Maker Ensemble, a group dedicated to experimenting with various forms of new music and performance art. Roxanna also performs with her experimental improvisation duo ЯК, who won the Gladys Puttick Improvisatin Competition in 2019. She has performed in venues and events such as IKLECTIK (London), King’s Cross ‘Tête-à-tête’ Opera Festival (London), METRIC IP (EAMT, Tallinn, Estonia), Sound Festival (Aberdeen), Splendor (Amsterdam), Casa das Artes/Sismógrapho (Porto), Sounds Like THIS Festival (Leeds College of Music), We Make Tomorrow Climate Summit (Serpentine Galleries, London) and Compositional Aesthetics and Political Conference (Goldsmiths, UoL). Roxanna has performed/presented her original works and improvisations at events such as METRIC IP (EAMT, Tallinn, Estonia), Shared Narratives Online Conference and Sound Festival (Aberdeen, Scotland).
She completed her BMus in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and in 2020 she completed her MA in Performance and Music Education at Trinity Laban, achieving a distinction as well as the Directors Prize in Music Education, for outstanding work and contributions to the music education department and wider institution. She studied cello performance under Natalia Pavlutskaya and music education under Tim Palmer, as well as studying improvisation under Douglas Finch and singing under Linda Hirst. In 2020, initially as part of a research project, Roxanna begun Iranian classical music training - this training is ongoing with the support of the Bert Jansch Foundation.
Roxanna is currently working at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a graduate co-researcher, looking into the inequalities which exist between different student groups in a conservatoire setting. The work specifically focuses on student learning experiences, sense of belonging and the role of student voice. Roxanna also plays an active role in running improvisation sessions, and organising the annual New Lights Festival.
Roxanna also teaches cello privately - if you are interested in tuition you can read more about her practice here, or contact her for further details.