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About Effy

Effy Efthymiou


Awards and Competitions

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for the research and development of new multidisciplinary work, 'Parting' (2013-14).

PRS Women Make Music award to compose a work for the acclaimed recorder quintet Consortium 5 (2013).

• Winner of the Chappell Composition Prize (2013).

• Winner of the Royal Greenwich International String Quartet Composition Competition (2011).

Wellcome Trust award for the creation and production of new multidisciplinary stage work, 'Reminiscence' (2008).

• Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for the development phase of 'Reminiscence' (2007). 

• National Lottery 'Big Boost' award for the creation and production of Hip Hop ballet, 'Wherever I Hang' (2007).


Education Awards 

Leverhulme Trust Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 

TCM Trust Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 



• 'Two Reflections' for classical guitar and violin, published by Edition HH (2009).


Composition commissions

Multimedia works:

'Rituals to Mould her With' (a multimedia collaboration with harpsichordist Jane Chapman, Chantry Dance Company and actress Esme Patey Ford). In development; London premiere at Kings Place on 5th February 2017.

'Parting' (a multidisciplinary stage work for 13 musicians, 2 actors, dancer and 2 filmmakers, in collaboration with a psychologist from the Institute of Psychiatry). Commissioned by Kings Place and premiered on 16th March 2014; previews at National Maritime Museum and Blackheath Halls (2012).

'Fragments of Sun' (a multidisciplinary opera, with dance and live video projection). Commissioned by and performed at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, 11th and 12th August 2012.

'Reminiscence' (a multidisciplinary stage work). Performed at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 9 - 20th September 2008.

'Wherever I Hang: a Hip Hop Ballet' (a multimedia work for string quartet and Hip Hop dancers). Performed at Arcola Theatre, 14th and 15th September 2007.

Concert works:

'Exhale' (for pipa and piano) commissioned by New Sound China UK. Premiere at Bridgewater Hall (25th September 2015).

'Deep Lakes' (for brass quartet), commissioned by Meridian Brass. Premiered at the Sonic Coast Festival, 25th October 2014.

'Pulser' (for recorder quintet), commissioned by PRS Women Make Music and Consortium 5. Premiered at the Wilding Festival, St George’s Bloomsbury, 16th June 2013, with subsequent performances nationwide.

'States of Ice: Hail' (for solo classical guitar), commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation. Performed at Kings Place, 27th October 2012; The Sage Gateshead, 20th and 21st October 2012; and Bath Assembly Rooms, 24th and 25th July 2012, with subsequent performances at UK music festivals and regional chamber concerts.

'Cajoniking' (for percussion quartet), commissioned by Kettle’s Yard for acclaimed percussion group, Ensemble Bash. Premiered by Ensemble Bash on 6th May 2012 at Kettle’s Yard.

'Grosse Attack' (for string quartet), premiered at Lauderdale House by the Jubilee Quartet on 23rd March 2012.

'Foraging' (for string quartet), premiered at the National Maritime Museum by the Wu Quartet on 30th April 2011. Winner of the Royal Greenwich International String Quartet Composition Competition.

'Electronomikos' (for harpsichord and electronics), premiered at Handel House Museum by acclaimed Harpsichordist, Jane Chapman on 4th June 2011.

'Phrenetikos' (for organ), premiered at Westminster Abbey on 30th May 2010 with a subsequent performance by acclaimed organist William Whitehead at St. Michael’s Church on 25th February 2011.


Music for Theatre and Film:

'The Fourth Dimension' (2012). Film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on 10th October 2012.

'The History of the Pomegranate'. Theatre show performed at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Pulse Festival; Tower Bridge Gallery; and Stoke Newington International Airport throughout 2009. Ahh Productions.