BIO

Vahan completed his BMus(Hons) degree in Classical Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, supported by The Worshipful Company of Skinners.

 

His first major work outside of GSMD , the ‘Boys of Paradise’ operetta, received a British New Music Theatre Award nomination and its third revival at EGG London in October 2017. His next opera, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs’, commissioned by The Opera Story company, premiered in February 2018 to rave reviews. Like “Boys of Paradise”, this production explored the immersive aspects of music theatre in unconventional spaces, a particular area of interest in his work.

 

 

In 2019, he was commissioned by Tete a Tete to write one of their

pop-up operas, 'Aliens in the Streets', performed outdoors

around the Kings Cross area as part of their summer festival.

 

He collaborated as composer/musical director with award winning

performance artist Bryony Kimmings on the documentary ‘Opera Mums’-

a commission for BBC4 in partnership with ENO, which premiered in

September 2020. They have since been awarded an Arts Council England

grant to develop a full-length opera. He wrote three of the twelve

'Episodes' released during lockdown by The Opera Story, which won

the company an RPS Inspiration Award last year.

 

 

Future works include The Opera Story’s 2021 commission, a multi-media

retelling of ‘Beauty and The Beast’, shortlisted for the Fedora Prize,

'Find Your Inner Diva', a collaboration with drag queen flautist Miss Kylie Fortissimo for the National Flute Convention in the USA,

a large-scale work commissioned by Hackney Music Service  and ‘The Becket Pageant for London’- a full length musical, which will take place in The Guildhall Hall Yard in 2022.

 

A passionate music educator, Vahan has worked for the pioneering Every Child a Musician scheme in Newham, as composer-in-residence for the CYM outreach program in Norwich and is currently a teacher with Hackney Music Service.

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