Laura Bowler is a composer, vocalist and Artistic Director specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. A professor of composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal Northern College of Music, she is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a company specialising in the creation and performance of contemporary opera. She has been commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Quatuor Bozzini and Ensemble Linea among other groups both in the UK and abroad. She is currently working on a new chamber opera for 2018/19 with British playwright, Edward Bond, supported by the Royal Opera House, Arts Council and Stephen Oliver Award.
Recent projects include a music theatre work, FFF, for Ensemble Phace (Vienna) and vocalist (herself) commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and HCMF, a 20 minute voice/trumpet concerto for Tine Thing Helseth and a collaboratively composed music theatre work with Philip Venables supported by PRS Composer’s Fund, Rape Crisis and Aldeburgh Music.
Laura completed her BMus (Hons) at the RNCM and Sibelius Academy (Finland), followed by her MMus and PhD at the Royal Academy of Music.
She also completed at MA in Theatre Directing at RADA. Laura has performed and premièred works internationally as a vocalist including the première of Louis Aguirre’s The Way The Dead Love as part of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 programme and the World and Canadian premieres of Jennifer Walshe’s Training is the Opposite.