Sorana's music-obsessed childhood saw her spending spare time in record shops, saving lunch money to buy music, pawning the music to get to gigs, skipping school to practice classical piano, 'cello, and guitar for hours before sneaking out to play piano and sing on the local rock and jazz scenes, returning to do homework while taping John Peel sessions off the radio.
Giving up what seemed to be the ideal management deal to follow her dream of going to music college, Sorana arrived at The Guildhall to take lessons in Composition with Diana Burrell and Alexander Goher, while continuing to study voice and piano. Inspired equally by Dada and Impressionism as Grunge, Sorana’s compositions bring together Contemporary Music, Jazz, Electronic/Experimental Music and Songwriting, exploring music’s relationship to language, and improvisation’s role within it. Among a range of awards and nominations which include the Philip Bates Composition Prize and the International Poetry Competition, her debut album/book Our Lady of Stars/Books of Hours was nominated by BASCA for a British Composer Award.
Her portfolio includes commissions from the Millennium Commission, Juice Vocal Ensemble, The Rose Theatre, and Bath Festival; sessions at Northstar, Polydor, and Sony (including a brief stint as Florence Welch’s replacement); performances at The Southbank Centre, The Royal Albert Hall, and Oxford Contemporary Music; and writing for The Guardian, Agenda Poetry Journal, and Lazy Gramophone Press.
Sorana’s latest projects – a re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, and a set of works exploring the relationship between music, physics, and psychoanalysis – are currently being showcased live.
She is a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University and London’s Centre for Young Musicians, and enjoys no longer having to save her lunch money to buy music.