At the early age of five, Aziza Sadikova received her first piano and composition lessons in her hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Later she studied composition at the State Conservatory in Tashkent, continuing her education at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory and Trinity College of Music in London. Aziza Sadikova’s multi-faceted work explores several areas of New Music, including unconventional instrumental techniques and complex structural and rhythmic components (Ein Brief, 2012, Silberklang, 2016, Die kleine Raubkatze, 2018), but is also influenced by the expressive dramaturgy of music of the romantic era (Untitled for chorus and orchestra, 2016). The cellist Julian Steckel gave the world premiere of her cello concerto in 2017; in 2018 the solo concerto Lichtscherben followed, written for the percussionist Simone Rubino. She wrote the chamber opera Alles über Sally in 2015; last year, the 42-year-old, who makes her home in Berlin, composed the music for Der Ring des Nibelungen, a musical theatre work for western and Chinese instruments based on Richard Wagner’s eponymous tetralogy. Aziza Sadikova won the European Composers Award at Young Euro Classic in 2014.