One to watch – Galya Bisengalieva


You’ve probably heard Galya Bisengalieva’s violin before. Her sweepingly melodic and yet piercingly brittle bowing and plucking is a distinct, elevating voice on everything from Jonny Greenwood’s soundtracks for Phantom Thread and You Were Never Really Here to Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. As leader of the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Kazakh-British violinist is used to making other people’s compositions her own, but with her second solo release, EP Two, Bisengalieva moves centrestage.

Comprised of pieces written by turntablist and composer Shiva Fesharekiand experimental composer Chaines, as well as one by Bisengalieva herself, the resulting record is a deep dive into a digital orchestra of her own making.

Read the feature in the Observer.

[This piece was published on 01/06/19]