Freya Waley-Cohen (b.1989) is a composer from London. Her music has been performed in the Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead, St John’s Smith Square, The Barbican Centre, The British Film Institute, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum and at Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Dartington, Cheltenham, St Magnus, Ryedale and Spitalfields festivals by musicians including Orchestra of the Swan, Manson Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knussen, The Street Orchestra of London, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, CHROMA ensemble, The Piatti Quartet, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Having been a Britten-Pears Young Artist, 2013-16, she holds an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music, during which she has collaborated with architectural designers Finbarr O'Dempsey and Andrew Skulina to create Permutations, an architectural performance artwork which launched at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival. She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival, Sage Gateshead, 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, a 2016 Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Festival, and is Associate Composer of NonClassical, Magnard Ensemble and Reverie Choir.
In 2017 Signum Classics released a CD of Freya's music including Permutations and Unveil - both of which were written while on residency at Aldeburgh and for her sister Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Freya's piece Southern Leaves also features on Christina McMaster's debut album Pinks & Blues.
Freya won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2017. She has been commissioned to write a work for chamber orchestra to be performed by an ensemble from the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Freya studied with Giles Swayne during her undergraduate degree at Cambridge, and with Simon Bainbridge for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where she is currently completing a PhD under Oliver Knussen. At RAM, Freya held the 2014-15 Manson Fellowship of composition.
She is a founding member and artistic director of Listenpony, a concert series, commissioning body and record label that programmes classical music, both new and old, alongside a variety of other genres including folk, jazz and pop, in beautiful and unusual venues.
Upcoming performances of Freya's music include dates at St James's Piccadilly and the Royal Festival Hall.