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Doctoral student in Contemporary Musics
Raquel is a composer specialising in multidisciplinary creation and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Royal College of Music, supported by a Neville Wathen Award. Recent projects have included collaborations with the English National Ballet, the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the RA and various instrumental works with video and electronics. She has also participated in the 'collective-creation' opera Dido & Æneas Reloaded, commissioned by Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació and premiered in Barcelona in October 2013. Raquel has been named as representative of the Spin Off Collective by the Neuköllner Oper with the Berliner Opernpreis’14 and has recently been selected to participate in the multidisciplinary project Bohème 2020, part of the Dresden Music Festival 2014.
"I chose to pursue my Doctoral Research at the RCM because of my experience of studying on the Masters in Composition programme, which was extremely enriching. My wanted to continue the compositional path I started during my Masters with professors Jonathan Cole and Dai Fujikura.
My research project – Multidisciplinarity: An expansion of my creative approach – investigates how other areas (particularly those related to visual art, spatial dimension, movement and interaction with the audience) can enrich myself as a composer and seeks to explore the concept of collaboration in its broadest sense by rethinking and redesigning compositional procedures and techniques.
What I like the most about studying at the RCM is being surrounded by the highest-level of musicians and the external possibilities offered to composition students."
image © Raquel García-Tomás