Described as a ‘Classical Star of the Future’ in a BBC Introducing Article, Electra Perivolaris (b.1996) is a composer and pianist from Scotland of mixed British and Greek heritage. Following success in the BBC Young Composers’ Competition 2014, Electra has had her music performed across the UK and internationally by musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, the BBC Singers, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. She is an Associate Member of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme for Emerging Composers and is Ambassador for the BBC Young Composer Scheme.
Last year she was chosen to represent her generation of female composers in a new commission for BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Singers, as part of the ‘Seven Ages of Woman’ commission for International Women’s Day 2020. She is currently writing for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Stories’ scheme. This year she was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to compose a new piece for the BBC Concert Orchestra, which will be premièred soon.
She has been described by BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp as representing ‘a new generation of female trailblazers’ and was selected by BBC Radio 3 as ‘one of 11 inspiring female composers from past to present’. Influenced by the landscape of her home on the Scottish Isle of Arran, Electra’s music is centred around the depiction of physical and emotional landscapes, reflecting on the natural world and our place within it and linking to her interest in folk music and the impact of music on communities. Electra’s music has been described by The Scotsman as ‘striking and sure-handed … elusive and mercurial’. Sir James MacMillan has described her as ‘one of the most exciting young composers emerging in Scotland today’ and Electra’s recent commission from the Aurora Orchestra was described as ‘a beautiful musical image of Wordsworthian pantheism, created by a razor-sharp musical imagination’ by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph.