Laura Bowler is a composer and mezzo-soprano living and working in London. Her work is influenced by many composers and artists ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Harrison Birtwistle, the paintings of Kandinsky to the theatre of Antonin Artaud. Her passion for working in the theatre is apparent in her compositional output with numerous theatre pieces alongside many concert works with a theatrical influence or performance quality. Laura is currently working on commissions for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Spitalfields Festival, the Kreutzer Quartet, the Marsyas Trio, a solo work for Harpist, Lavinia Meijer and a collaboration with the award-winning BBC Radio playwright Lavinia Murray; a long term project aiming towards a full-length chamber opera based on E. T. A. Hoffman's 'The Sandman' supported by ROH2 and the Stephen Oliver Award. She has been commissioned by The Opera Group, Royal Opera House 2 (Covent Garden), Tete a Tete Opera, Grimeborn Opera, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Spitalfields Festival, Musica Festiva Strasbourg, Linea Ensemble, Esbjerg Ensemble and The Kreutzer Quartet among others and has received performances throughout Europe and in the USA. In the past Laura has been invited as a fully funded participant at several composition festivals and residencies including the Voix Nouvelles Composition Course at the Fondation Royaumont with Brian Ferneyhough, the IMD Darmstadt summer school and the Dartington International Festival Advanced Composition course with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and again with Richard Baker and Gerald Barry. Laura is also spending two months in residence at the Banff Centre, Canada with a scholarship from October to December 2011. Aside from her work as a composer, Laura Bowler is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a chamber opera company specialising in new works produced by emerging composers alongside emerging opera creatives.
Having completed her BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music and as an Erasmus scholar at the Sibelius Academy of Music followed by her Masters in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Gary Carpenter generously supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Scholarship, she is now undertaking her PhD in Composition funded by the AHRC at the Royal Academy of Music supervised by Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
video of AVANT CABARET at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival performed by Size Zero Opera