'Rising Star'


- BBC Music Magazine

July 2021

'Gems such as Kristina Arakelyan's A Song Without Words and Burlesque are unveiled - impressionistic yet infectiously tuneful'

- Lake Chaplain Weekly

July 2021

Award-winning composer and pianist Kristina Arakelyan's music is often described as ''original', intensely lyrical', 'dramatic' and 'moving'.  
Looking for new music? See her full list of compositions below.


A catalogue of Kristina's compositions, grouped by instrumental forces.


Composing Music

In addition to solo performances, Kristina has extensive accompanying and repetituering experience.



Kristina is an award-winning educator in both school and higher education settings.


Computer Class


Chamber Music


Kristina is one of the most exciting young British composers. Her notable awards include the BBC Young Composers' Competition and the NCEM composers' competition and her works have been heard on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and in the most prestigious concert halls in England. Kristina is delighted to be working with the NYCGB and Stainer and Bell this year. 


See below a full catalogue of Kristina's works, which can be purchased online via the contact form below.

Choral Music

The BBC Singers perform Kristina's uplifting composition New Year. Conducted by Bob Chilcott.

Orchestral Music

The Royal Northern Sinfonia perform Kristina's Fantasia live from Sage Gateshead. Conducted by Lars Vogt.

The Kugoni Trio play Kristina's Trio for Saxophone, Violin and Piano.


Kristina performs her own arrangement of a Kurdish folk song Seyran, with Anna Margaryan (violin) and William Percy ('cello).

Dance Music

Kristina plays the piano part in her Rhapsody, written in collaboration with Oxford Alternative Orchestra and award-winning Olympics choreographer Jin Yeob-Cha. 'Best new dance films', Guardian.

Looking for New Music?

Browse the full list of works by Kristina below. All works are available for purchase via the contact form below.




Kristina has given recitals most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields and she often performs her own compositions.


Kristina has extensive accompanying experience, having played entrance examination accompaniment at all the major UK conservatoires, including the RAM, RCM and Guildhall. She has repetiteuring experience at the Grimeborn Festival where she worked on the UK premiere of the opera Fire Ring by Avet Terterian and she has previously worked on George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence, among other operas.


She also regularly accompanies the ABRSM and Trinity syllabus examinations (Grades 1-8 and Diploma). If you are interested in talking to Kristina about playing as a soloist or an accompanist, please get in touch via the contact form below.

Watch Kristina's performance of Beethoven's Variations op. 34 recorded live at the Wigmore hall and listen to the composer's own interpretation of her piano piece, To The Stars.




Kristina teaches across all age groups in both secondary school and higher-education settings, including at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and King’s College,London. 

Kristina is very proud of her students’ achievements, who have achieved success including offers to study in junior conservatoires as well as at the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. At Kings, Kristina is also a Graduate Development Associate where she researches education related topics and delivers workshops college-wide to help Graduate Teaching Assistants to improve their teaching.

Kristina offers private piano, theory and composition one-to-one teaching as well as group classes. She is currently developing her own Online Theory School and music theory resources, focussing on the requirements of the new ABRSM Grade 5 theory syllabus. If you are interested in finding out more information and registering your interest for this or her private classes, then please use the contact form.

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Kristina Arakelyan is an award-winning composer and pianist. Kristina studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Oxford and is currently a doctoral student at King's College, London.

Kristina's notable awards include first prize in the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ competition (2010), Overall Cup winner of the EPTA Composition Competition (2010), First Prize in the Shakespeare 400+ Orchestra of the Swan competition (2014), first prize in the NCEM composers' competition (2016), winner of Royal Northern Sinfonia's composers' competition (2019). 

Kristina's compositions have been heard on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and in prestigious concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, St John's Smith Square, Conville and Caius College (Cambridge), Holywell Music Room (Oxford), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, in concert halls in Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Croatia and Armenia. She has had masterclasses most notably with John Adams, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Oliver Knussen.



Contact Kristina here for any queries including purchasing sheet music, performance opportunities and teaching:

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