Meet the Composer: Vivek Haria

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Hear Vivek’s composition in The Clements Prize final at Conway Hall on 17 October 2021!

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Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you become a composer?

My route into composition wasn’t particularly unusual. I enjoyed listening to a lot of different genres of music when I was young and started out on the violin as my first instrument. Singing in my school choir for a while was also fun. I started to take music more seriously when I studied at the Junior Royal College of Music for a few years during my teens. I’d say that my exposure to a wider variety of music there and the occasional opportunity to perform a world premiere of a new work by a living composer was what inspired me most to write music, particularly for choirs and vocal ensembles.

We are all looking forward to hearing the piece you have written for The Clements Prize 2021.  Could you say a little about it please?  We’d love to hear about the inspiration behind the music, what you think of the string trio form…

The lockdowns we’ve been forced to go through and living with my elderly grandmother at home have drastically changed how I perceive time as a process. I felt that I needed to write Ennui to capture this experience and to express the many fluctuations in my sanity over the course of the last 18 months or so. I’ve never written for this ensemble before so I’ve tried to experiment with the traditional melodic and harmonic roles one might typically be confronted with in a string trio. Each part is considered as a solo, imbued with its own character and identity.

What are your plans for the future? What are you going to write next? Do you have any performances coming up?

I’m working on a few projects at the moment whilst I’m at university with a few performances of my pieces around the country and even in the United States scheduled to come later this year! I’ve loved being a part of the Opera world, whether as a spectator or creator, so I hope to do something with the medium later in life. But if the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s not to make any firm plans!

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