TikToker Esther Abrami wants to shake up the world of classical music

Esther Abram. (Provided)

Viral TikTok violinist Esther Abrami has had to break down barriers in her career for as long as she can remember.

Although she was in the classical music industry for more than a decade, building his career has been no small feat.

Now with nearly 400,000 subscribers on TikTok and fresh on her back new EP, Projectorwhere she collaborated with the UK’s first all-female, non-binary string performers, His outfitthe change is just beginning.

From forgotten composers and LGBTQ+ to the reinvention of classical music, Projector is an ode to perspective rarely seen in the white male-dominated industry.

In addition to teaming up with HER together, her new single “Reverie for violin and piano” was written by the first openly transgender Oscar nominee, Angela Morley. Morley passed away in 2009, but her legacy lives on.

“I didn’t know there were trans composers”

This was after Abrami heard his work in a HER Ensemble concert, that the pieces began to fall together.

“I fell in love with the piece straight away.” Abrami tells PinkNews, “I was like ‘how is this not a classic of the violin repertoire? It is not possible.’ it’s just such a gorgeous piece.

“I could only have named you a handful of female songwriters a few years ago, despite my immersion in the industry for over 15 years”, admits Consta, “I didn’t even know there were trans songwriters I didn’t know any composer of color.

“It’s funny because a lot of these female songwriters were really famous in their time and then something happens that they miss in the history books. We are not taught them, we do not hear their music.

“Angela Morley is a name I discovered when I was researching music a few years ago,” says HER Ensemble member Ellie Consta. PinkNews.

Morley became a household name in Britain in the 1950s before going public in 1972. During her career, she won three Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 1974 and 1976.

For Abrami and Consta, they recognize that the classical music industry has a long history of gatekeeping, especially when it comes to the queer community.

“There are so many topics that are not talked about and that are taboo,” Abrami recalls.

“For a long time I went along with this because you don’t want to lose a job or get a bad reputation in the industry.”

Soon she was inspired by women before her, like violinist Jennifer Pike who “opened up about being a young girl entering a predominantly male orchestra” or Rachel Coleman who spoke of “judgment and stereotypes” that she was confronted with.

Esther Abram. (Classic Sony)

Abrami and Consta agree that a huge obstacle in the industry is the strict dress code that traditional classical music adheres to.

Esther Abrami hosts a podcast entitled women in classical where she interviews different people in the industry about their experience, and they have their last live event in California in October.

“People felt free,” she recalls, “just to have a room where everyone could really be themselves. And we didn’t have this thing of fitting into the typical way of dressing.

“There are times when critics comment on your appearance, the first thing they do is how does it relate to the music?”

And this strict dress code, often a white top and a long black skirt for women, most often affects queer people.

Consta says: “It’s very rare to see someone in an orchestra with tattoos, piercings, dyed hair. Anything “other” is very unusual. The binary genre of instruments and concert clothes seems difficult to me.

“And I feel like it’s a very easy change to make that automatically includes loads of people. It makes people feel like they can fit into those spaces.

In fact, Consta admits that this judgmental environment caused her to “remove parts” of herself and her sexuality.

“It makes you think, maybe some of these composers might have identified themselves differently, had they had the terminology or had they been licensed, I wonder? Maybe, maybe not,” Consta concludes.

This idea of ​​freedom and inclusion is woven into the heart of Esther Abrami and HER’s work together and they hope it will make waves in the industry.

When HER Together asked their social media followers to give their own experiences, the responses were shocking.

Whether it’s telling people to dye their hair a natural color to “hide their gayness” or being told their outfits aren’t “feminine or stylish enough.”

“It’s by having these conversations that you can create space and realize that things can be different,” says Abrami.

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