Elif Karlidag is a composer, conductor and pianist. She embarked upon her musical education from an early age while growing up in Bucharest, Romania, and went on to study under Istemihan Taviloglu at Izmir DEU State Conservatoire, where she completed her Master’s degree in composition with distinction.

Elif pursued advanced studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here, she refined her compositional prowess under the guidance of the esteemed Julian Phillips and mastered the art of conducting with insights from Tim Redmond.

She has worked productively with numerous notable musicians, including prolific composers such as Michael Nyman and Jocelyn Pook. Karlidag is a versatile musician who performs with an alternative classical ensemble (ELSE-East London Sound Ensemble) as well as with several classical music groups. She has previously collaborated with various performers and artists, such as Marguerite Humeau and the Scratch Orchestra. She has performed at several major artistic venues, such as Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, London, the Barbican Centre, St John Smith Square, Morley College, Southwark Cathedral, and Actor’s Church in Covent Garden. Elif is a Guildhall Scholar and, she is supported by Talent Unlimited. Elif is the current holder of the prestigious The John Clementi Collard Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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