Eliza McCarthy

Eliza McCarthy is a London based pianist who spends her time playing new and experimental music.

Winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition, she performs in concert halls, art galleries and living rooms as a soloist and band member.

She has had the great pleasure of working with, commissioning, premiering and recording works by many living composers including John Adams, Thomas Adès, George Crumb, Tansy Davies, Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Hamilton and Laurie Spiegel. Recently she has been collaborating with Mica Levi (Under the Skin, Jackie) on an ever-growing series of solo piano works which were featured in David Byrne’s Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre and will be released in Autumn 2018 on Slip.

As an ensemble member she can be heard performing ‘Unclassifiable, raw nerve music’ with Decibel and with Ireland’s leading new music ensemble Crash Ensemble.

Based in Birmingham, Decibel spearhead works by artistic director Ed Bennett, and collaborate regularly with Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, and Laurence Crane. Crash Ensemble recently celebrated their 20th year by performing in every corner of Ireland premiering 20 new works commissioned specially for their anniversary. In the summer of 2017 they performed Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee at the inaugural Haven Festival in Copenhagen.

She was also a founding member of Jetsam who have released original material on London based labels WW Records and Clay Pipe Music.

Eliza has worked extensively in theatre devising productions that integrate acting and music and is most proud of her work composing music for Think Only This of Me with Julian Philips and director Christian Burgess. 

Alongside her life as a performer, Eliza teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and University of Birmingham helping performers engage with fear, anxiety and depression. She is also a professor at GSMD teaching contemporary repertoire studies to pianists and musicianship for actors.