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Singaporean composer Diana Soh received her first musical training in piano, voice and composition locally. An alumnus of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, the University at Buffalo and IRCAM, her musical interest is currently directed at exploring performance interactivity as well as obtaining specific sound colours from the intimate collaboration with performers. Known for integrating the use of technology and interested in theatre, she often surprises her audiences and finds ways to address social issues of our times in her work and “composes the impossible” (concert classic)
Described as “a composer to follow” (Diapason) and her music “very energetic and (with) galvanising flow” (ResMusica) Diana is the recipient of the National Arts Council Singapore’s Young Artist Award, the Impuls composition competition (Austria), and has received commissions from institutions and festivals like the Barlow Endowment for Music, Festival d’Aix en Provence, IRCAM, Ministry of Culture France, Royaumont Foundation, and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation amongst others.
Diana has written for a wide range of instrumentation from chamber music, to orchestra, dance, film, choral and vocal music, and multi-media site-specific works. Her works have been broadcasted on Deutschlandfunk (Cologne Radio), ORF (Austrian TV/Radio) Danish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 3 and France Musique and performed by ensembles including Ensemble Court-Circuit, and Klangforum Wien, the Arditti Quartet etc.
She currently resides in Paris and is working on a new pieces for Ensemble Schallfeld, Ensemble 2E2M, La Maitrise de la Radio and of course concocting new ways to approach her favourite genre, opera.