Professorial Staff - Composition
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Area of WorkComposition Department
Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer and educator who works in electronic and acoustic sound and across the genres of concert music, dance, installation and film.
Her work has been performed internationally in the USA, Canada and UAE, as well as in UK venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, V&A, National Maritime Museum, ICA, Chisenhale Gallery and Blackheath Concert Halls. Her work has been broadcast on BBC television in both the UK and Iran as well played several times on BBC Radio 3. She has worked with ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonia.
In 2015, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Iranian music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2013, she was selected as one of two embedded composers in residence at the Southbank Centre and received funding from Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Iran Heritage Foundation to pursue ‘Stay Close’, a ten-month project exploring contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran.
Soosan holds degrees in Social and Political Sciences (University of Cambridge), Musicology (University of Oxford) and Composition (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), as well as an Advanced Music Certificate specialising in Iranian music (Carnegie Mellon University).