Yfat Soul Zisso was born in 1987. Ever since commencing on her music studies at the relatively late age of 15, Soul has been dedicated to her dream of becoming a composer. She graduated from Cardiff University, studying with Arlene Sierra and Robert Fokkens and for a brief time studying with Alison Kay, before commencing on a Masters and later a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire under the supervision of Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton.
Her music, which has been described as "curiously original" (Wales Online) and having "real character and sensitivity" (Wales Arts Review), has been performed by the likes of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Swan, Birmingham Opera Company, Xenia Pestova, Carla Rees, and the Fidelio Trio across Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia, in a wide range of venues including Wells Cathedral, Hoddinott Hall and Stratford Town Hall, and festivals such as the Cheltenham Music Festival, Occupy the Pianos and Frontiers new music festival.
Her interests range from the use of different microtonal soundworlds and textures to children’s books and the exploration of various extended techniques. She is also interested in writing for dance and has composed music for Rambert Dance's Vintage Rambert project.
In addition to composing, Soul is also a singer, specialising in performing contemporary repertoire, including Berio's Sequenza III for female voice. She is a member of Via Nova chamber choir, has performed as both soloist and choral singer across the UK (including at the Wigmore Hall and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) and abroad and is committed to promoting new music, which includes premiering many new pieces, particularly ones for solo unaccompanied voice. She studies singing with contemporary specialist Wendy Nieper.