All our memories, reflections and sensations,
can concentrate to one sound,
that will express effortlessly
this infinite universe.
Dante Giancarlo Liano Pira
Rachel Beja is an Israeli composer currently based in Milan.
She graduated with a bachelor’s and a master's degree in composition with Gabriele Manca at "G. Verdi" Music Conservatoire in Milan.
Her music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as Modern Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, Schallfeld Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, Tana Quartet, Quartet 121, Zöllner/Roche duo, Unimi Orchestra, The Israel Contemporary Players, Mdi Ensemble and Mise-en Ensemble.
She has participated in festivals such as ManiFeste, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Milano musica festival.
In 2022 Rachel was the selected composer for the Rodamúsic composers residency in Potrìes, Spain and she was commissioned to compose a piece for Violin and Viola, which had been preformed by Riot Ensemble.
In 2021 she won a composition competition of Quartet121 in New York and won the first price of “Egidio Carella” Composition Competition (Val Tidone International Music Competitions) in Italy.
She was commissioned by the Unimi Orchestra in Milan, composing a piece for orchestra.
In 2020 Rachel was Co-commissioned by the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Divertimento Ensemble, with the support of ULYSSES NETWORK, composing a piece for ensemble and electronics.
She won the competition of Hertzbreakerz “The Mechanics of Breath” in Sweden where she was commissioned for a piece for clarinet and accordion.
In 2019 she was commissioned by the Milan conservatory, composing concerto for contralto saxophone and orchestra.
In 2018 and 2019 Rachel was commissioned by the Milan musica Festival for two pieces for theater and she was commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble for three pieces: for voice, for cello and for ensemble of 11 musicians.
She was awarded the 2017 and the 2018 Milan conservatory prizes named by Umberto Micheli.