Emily Hazrati (b. 1998) is a composer and performer based in London. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist 2021-22 and a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learns with Julian Philips and Hollie Harding.


Her music is spacious, immersive and environmental, frequently informed by sounds and landscapes from the natural world. She has a particular affinity to writing for voice and working with text, and is interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary ways of making art; centering the performer in her creative process. Storytelling sits at the heart of her practice, which has more recently been rooted in global politics. With her collaborator Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, Emily explores themes and narratives such as displacement and diaspora, trauma and recovery, biodiversity, queer dramaturgy, multilingualism, and hybrid cultural sensibilities.

Emily is currently working on her second chamber opera, TIDE, commissioned by Britten Pears Arts for the Aldeburgh Festival 2022. Other recent projects include a chamber opera (Paradise Garden) created in association with the Royal Opera House, and a new work (CLOUDSCAPES) for guitarist and Radio 3 broadcaster Tom McKinney. She has worked with ensembles and organisations including: BBC Singers, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Psappha, Siglo de Oro, The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Gill and David Gompper, Richard Casey, and CHROMA ensemble, amongst many others. Emily was commissioned by Choir & Organ Magazine for their 2020 New Music Series (May issue), in partnership with Graham Ross and The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and is published in the Multitude of Voyces Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers (Volume 3: Advent to Candlemas).

As part of her practice, Emily is also passionate about community, social and outreach projects. Her first major placement was as a student facilitator with Turtle Key Song (2018): a Turtle Key Arts project that brings music, songwriting, movement and singing to people with dementia and their companions/carers. During her MA, Emily took part in Creative Minds in Song: a social project where composers create new songs using the words of those with lived experience of mental illness. Emily's song (küçük aslan), incorporating fragments of Turkish language and music, was premiered at the St Marylebone Festival in July 2021. 

When not composing, Emily is an active mezzo-soprano and instrumentalist. She sings as a regular of several choirs across London, and is a former alto of The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Emily has performed with various ensembles around the UK, USA and The Netherlands, in venues such as Royal Festival Hall, St John's Smith Square, Barbican Hall, King's College Chapel, St Bavo Cathedral, Haarlem, and Milton Court Concert Hall. She frequently performs her own compositions and, most recently, has had a new piece written for her by composer Kit McCarthy (voice & clarinet). 

Emily completed her MA in Opera Making and Writing with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, receiving generous support from the Thompson Educational Trust. Prior to this, she graduated from Cambridge University with an MPhil in Composition, and from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Music. Emily is a previous winner of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition; her fanfare was recorded under the baton of Antonio Pappano, and played as a warning gong at the Royal Opera House for a year.