Alissa plans to write a work for soprano and 9-piece ensemble. Entitled Songs of the World the piece will be a setting of early poetry by the Viennese writer and librettist Hugo van Hofmannsthal, on the theme of “the world”. Alissa plans to write much of the work in Vienna itself.
Since winning the BBC Proms Young Composer competition in 2001, Alissa Firsova has received two world premieres at the BBC Proms, both conducted by Andrew Litton: her Bach Allegro was performed by the RPO in 2010 and her Bergen’s Bonfire Op. 31 featured in the Bergen Philharmonic’s 250th Anniversary Prom in 2015. Her music has also been performed by Imogen Cooper, the Dante Quartet, Netherlands Blazer Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Camerata RCO (members of the Concertgebouw) and the Britten Sinfonia, among others. Alissa was recently invited to Verbier, Asiago and Conques Festivals as pianist/composer-in-residence. Her music was recorded by Henning Kraggerud on the Simax label in his Munch Suite disc and The Sixteen recorded her Stabat Mater Op. 30 for the Coro label, which was featured in Gramophone’s Top 10 Compositions by Women.