Aneliya Avtandilova is a Caucasus-born UK-based composer, musician, collaborator and writer.
A self-taught musician, she graduated from the Bard College/Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ programme “Music and Theatre”, delivering an orchestral composition for choreography “Sparrow Phase” as her graduation project.
Goethe Institute and British Council fellow as an emerging composer, winner of the Swedish Institute-initiated national competition for female musicians born in Russia, she’s mostly known for her work as a songwriter, singer, guitar player and co-producer in the now-defunct band Chkbns that performed at KEXP, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Festival and The Great Escape, besides touring around Asia and Europe. The band’s only LP, Autwik (2019), got noticed by the likes of NPR, The Clash, Louder Than War and Quietus for its ‘hard-edged etherealism’, ‘lush widescreen melancholy’, ‘ghostly introspection’ and ‘hypnotising vocals’.
In October 2019 she embarked on a residency at the artistic development organisation Metal in Liverpool, UK, developing and presenting 'Mass1' - a collage composition, exploring chance techniques, working with found objects and featuring graphic notation. An echo of that experience could be heard in her later works as Gdeto - a solo project mainly exploring the ambient music toolkit and impressionism through sound.
In the summer of 2023 ada ardor was launched, Aneliya’s new solo electronic music project, which so far has been supported by BBC, KEXP, Amazing Radio UK and Rolling Stone. In ada ardor she’s traversing the boundaries between the domains of pop music and conceptual art.
As a writer, Aneliya has two published books of fairy tales both in her native Russian and in translation, while her English poetry has been featured in the likes of Poetry Matters and Plum Tree Tavern. A feature-length film, the comical fantasy "Gary, Barry, Larry and Countess of Noral", for which she co-wrote a screenplay, is soon to be premiered to the public.
Apart from that, Aneliya has worked on music for films and exhibitions and composed an album of library music for an independent London publisher Frisson. A diplomaed translator, she's also been extensively working in translation and involved in the creation of fiction, non-fiction and academic texts: of both prosaic and poetic nature.