Ela Orleans (born in Oświęcim, Poland) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. She graduated from the National College of Fine Arts in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in 1991. She completed her master’s degree at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, in 1997.
Ela is based in Glasgow, after years in New York and Warsaw. She won two mentorships in 2008 while in New York: a film-scoring program with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she worked under the aegis of composer David Shire, and the Immigrant Program with the New York Foundation for the Arts, which paired Ela with Viennese composer Lukas Ligeti. Various independent labels around the world since that year have released her solo studio albums, as well as compilations, mixes and collaborations.
Ela has accepted artist-in-residence positions at the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, France, the Warsaw Chamber Opera theatre (both in 2014), and the Elektronmusikstudion, the national centre for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound-art based in Stockholm (in 2015).
Ela has toured and made festival appearances across the UK, Europe and North America. She has also played live and had her work presented internationally in galleries such as Tate Britain. She has been commissioned to score music for TV, film, and opera.
Ela Orleans is a Ph.D. candidate in Music at the University of Glasgow, where she will expand on her subject, Apparition: The language of the archaic and decadent in the contemporary audiovisual experience.
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