Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade

Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade is a composer and cellist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She delights
in creating compositions for old, new, and damaged musical instruments. Her past projects
have included works for symphony orchestra, viols and theorbo, the Trinidadian steel pan,
string and percussion quartets, a homemade glass harmonica, the Princeton University
carillon, and a fire-damaged piano. Recent commissions include Table Talk - a large ensemble
brass work for the 2018 Tanglewood Music Festival - and three new chamber works for the
UK’s Lichfield Music Festival, where she was Composer-In-Residence during the summer of

Striving to bring both familiar and unfamiliar sounds into the concert hall, Ninfea has
collaborated with a range of musicians, including percussion quartets Sō and Mobius, the
Escher and JACK string quartets, early music ensembles Gallicantus and Sonnambula, steel
pan player Kendall Williams, Irish sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, theater artist Rinde
Eckert, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has been a recipient of a composition
fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center (2017) and the UK’s Royal Philharmonic Society
Composition Prize (2015), through which she received a solo work commission for the
Presteigne Festival.

Trained in cello performance and the academic study of music, Ninfea holds degrees from
Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is currently a doctoral
candidate in Music Composition at Princeton University, where her teachers include Steven
Mackey, Donnacha Dennehy, and Daniel Trueman. Her operatic monodrama based on the life
of the 1890s art nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley will receive its first performance in
Princeton in 2019.