Violinist Aisha Orazbayeva studied in Kazakhstan, Italy and more recently in London, at the Royal Academy of Music.

She’s an inimitable performer, and has gained international renown for her performances of contemporary violin music.

Composers Aisha has worked closely with include Johannes Maria Staud, Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, and 1960’s synth pioneer Peter Zinovieff, with whom she co-composed ‘OUR’, a concerto for violin and electronics.

Aisha has performed with London Sinfonietta, Ossian Ensemble, and Ensemble Modern, and can be found on Tansy Davies’ Nonclassical release Troubairitz, as a member of the Azalea Ensemble. She has had over a dozen solo violin works written for her, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, ORF Austrian TV, and National Kazakh Radio, with a scheduled performance on Radio France for Spring 2012.


Aisha also regularly performs in venues such as Dalson’s Café Oto, Vortex Jazz Club, often as a part of the Kammer Klang event series.

November 2011 saw the release of Aisha’s debut album Outside – a mind expanding sound world taking in Ravel, excerpts from OUR, two unaccompanied songs, and radical interpretations of Lachenmann and Sciarrino. It’s a highly personal musical project which marks the culmination of many months’ work, and cements the emergence of a unique identity in the contemporary music scene.

Recent projects for Aisha have included performances of selections of the album at Latitude Festival (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3), appearances on NTS Radio, A Room for London at the South Bank Centre (read more here),  at Klangpsuren Festival, and at the Barbican’s recent Aphex Twin event (October 2012).