Biography

My music seeks the spaces between the place of potential, of light and essence. It creates a particular sound world, inspired by everything around me. 

Born in Cornwall, Eloise Nancie Gynn completed her Masters in Composition with distinction in 2008 at Cardiff University School of Music, winning a scholarship for High Performance, the School’s Neville John String Prize and the A. B. Dally Prize for Composition. In Cardiff she studied under Anthony Powers, Judith Weir and Dr Arlene Sierra; and elsewhere with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Alasdair Nicolson and Sally Beamish.

Eloise’s music has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble, Schubert Ensemble, Dr. K Sextet and the Britten-Pears Composers Ensemble at festivals such as Aldeburgh, St. Magnus, and in 2013, the Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. Through the LSO’s Panufnik Scheme, her commission Anahata was premiered at the Barbican, conducted by Nicholas Collon, and her earlier piece Sakura has been recorded and released on LSO Live ‘The Panufnik Legacies’, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth.

Inspired by world music, poetry and the natural world, her music has been described as “ethereal, glowering” (Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine), “quite intoxicating” (Classical reviewer), and “ luxuriantly slow moving, soft edged and ruminative” (Ivan Hewitt, Telegraph). Recently she wrote Only Breath for the choir MusArc through Sound and Music’s Portfolio Scheme, played cello and shakuhachi in the ‘Sounds of Peace’ festival in Armenia, and participated in Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015 where she created Yoyuu for bass clarinet, cello, piano and three dancers, choreographed by Adrienne Hart. She is currently working on a privately commissioned viola concerto and collaborating with Frag(mental) dance collective.

Besides composing Eloise studies the shakuhachi and has attended several summer schools at SOAS and in France. Her teachers have been Kiku Day, Kaoru Kakizakai, and Adrian Freeman. She has written for the shakuhachi in two of her compositions, Dark River and Dancing A Dream. She is a qualified Bowen and Emmett Technique therapist and runs a busy practice in Cardiff.