“Her music sometimes verges on the minimalistic, but is never schematic; it is approachable, and at the same time musically deep. It was a pleasant discovery.” - Oleg Ledeniov (MusicWeb)
The works of Australian composer Alicia Grant have been performed by renowned orchestras and ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the BBC Singers, New College Choir, the Oxford Philomusica, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Twice premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York, her pieces have featured at prestigious venues across the globe and recorded on labels such as Tall Poppies, Divine Art, Transatlantic Records, and Riverrun UK. Grant achieved the distinction of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 2008. The recipient of an ORS Award and Clarendon Fund scholarship, she studied composition with Professor Robert Saxton at Worcester College. Grant also holds a LRAM and first-class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, where she studied with Simon Bainbridge. She is known for her specially commissioned work, ANZAC Anthem, for choir and organ, which was premiered by the Choir of Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2005. This anthem continues to be regularly performed at Westminster Abbey and other memorial services that mark Australia and New Zealand’s national day of remembrance. From 2013 to 2015 she was Director of Composition at MLC School, Sydney.
Commissioned by Musica Viva, her new work for piano quintet, titled Joan of Arc Variations, will be premiered at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2016.
In 2015, the Governing Board of the Royal Academy of Music elected Alicia Grant 'Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM)', together with her husband, French pianist Jeremy Eskenazi, for a ‘significant contribution to the music profession’.