Described as ‘at once intimate and visionary’ (BBC Music Magazine) Freya Waley-Cohen’s music has been commissioned by institutions and ensembles including the LA Philharmonic, BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonia Orchestra, ORA Choir, The King’s Singers, The Britten Sinfonia, and the Aldeburgh, Presteigne, Santa Fe, and Cheltenham festivals.
Freya is the Associate Composer of the Wigmore Hall, where the 2019 season featured a day of concerts focusing on her music. She is also associate composer of St. David’s Hall’s contemporary music series, Nightmusic, and was associate composer of Nonclassical 2016-18. In 2017 Freya was winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.
Freya held an Open Space Residency at Snape Maltings from 2015-2017, 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 and has since toured to Dartington Festival, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Institute of British Architecture, North.
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. Her works have also been released on NMC Recordings, Nimbus Records, Delphian Records, Listenpony, Nonclassical, and McMaster Records.
She is an artistic director of Listenpony, which she founded in 2012 alongside William Marsey and Josephine Stephenson. Listenpony is 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. In 2020, during Lockdown, Freya co-founded Living Room Live with George Fu and Tamsin Waley-Cohen, an online concert series which live-streams music from musicians' living rooms all over the world.