Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade is a composer, performer and sound artist. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University, supported by the William Alexander Fleet Fellowship.
As a composer of music for the concert hall, Ninfea’s collaborators include Sō Percussion, Mobius Percussion, the Escher String Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the early music ensembles Gallicantus and Sonnambula, steel pan player Kendall Williams and the Fidelio Trio. As a sound artist, she has worked with damaged instruments and has explored the nature of recording as a medium. A current project addresses the rituals of the concert hall, sampling audience applause from a recording of a performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Ninfea is a recipient of the UK's 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. Trained in both academia and performance, she holds an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Oxford and an MMus in cello performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2013 she began doctoral studies at Princeton University, where her research focuses on the first musical settings of A. E. Housman’s poetry collection A Shropshire Lad (1896). Her chamber opera based on the life of the art nouveau illustrator, Aubrey Beardsley, is due to be premiered in 2018.