Originally from Cork, Solfa is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and University of Oxford, where she recently completed doctoral study. In 2011, she was appointed composer-in-residence for the Orchestra of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden. She is also interested in musical research and has contributed articles to two International Arts Journals.
She is a recipient of the Sean O’ Riada composition award, and her choral piece Upon the Rose was performed by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2013. She was also a recipient of the Jerome Hynes award at the National Concert Hall, Dublin for her piece Sounds, for mezzo soprano and piano, and her work has been performed by London Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Okeanos and other prominent ensembles in the UK and abroad.
Solfa is particularly interested in contemporary vocal music. Her one-act opera The Exile, based on James Joyce, was one of Helios Collective’s featured works as part of their 2015 Formations opera project, and was performed at the Arts Theatre, London. She was first commissioned by Cantata Dramatica in 2016 and is currently working on a cantata in collaboration with librettist Nick Pitts-Tucker.