Composer

Short Bio

Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Singaporean composer whose music is concerned with inner architectures, and characterized by inventive timbral explorations through microtones, microtextures and microstructures. In addition to writing concert music, she is interested in inter-/multi-/cross-disciplinary collaborations with other creatives where sound plays an important role in the creative process or goals of the collaboration.

Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), she is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D'Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women's Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant from Artistic Excellence. Emily is a recent Ph.D. graduate (Music Composition and Theory) of Brandeis University, and is Assistant Professor of Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia.

Learn more about Emily at http://www.emilykoh.net

– Updated November 2017; Please destroy all previous materials.

Medium Bio

Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Singaporean composer whose music is concerned with inner architectures, and characterized by inventive timbral explorations through microtones, microtextures and microstructures. In addition to writing concert music, she is interested in inter-/multi-/cross-disciplinary collaborations with other creatives where sound plays an important role in the creative process or goals of the collaboration.

Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), she is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D’Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence.

Emily’s works have been described as “beautifully eerie” (New York Times), and “subtley spicy” (Baltimore Sun), and have been performed at various venues around the world in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States by acclaimed ensembles and performers such as Talea Ensemble (USA), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), New York New Music Ensemble (USA), Signal Ensemble (USA), Boston New Music Initiative (USA), New Thread Quartet (USA), Acoustic Uproar (USA), LUNAR Ensemble (USA), East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (USA/Europe), Avanti! (Finland), Israel Contemporary Players (Israel), Sentieri Selvaggi (Italy), the Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Chroma Ensemble (UK), The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore), Dingyi Music Company (Singapore) and Chamber Sounds (Singapore) among others.

Emily graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS and the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and a recent Ph.D. graduate (Music Composition and Theory) of Brandeis University. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. Prior to moving to Athens, Georgia, Emily taught at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, MIT, Longy School of Music (Bard College) and at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She is a member of ASCAP, is on the executive committee of the Composers Society of Singapore.

Emily lives in Athens, GA (USA) with her husband, Jason. Besides composing and performing on the double bass, Emily enjoys experimenting with new combinations in food, sketching drafts for the next woodworking project, and painting on large canvases.

Learn more about Emily at http://www.emilykoh.net

– Updated November 2017; Please destroy all previous materials.

Contact Info

http://www.emilykoh.net
composer@emilykoh.net
(414)-369-2277

Headshots

Headshot - wp

Photo Credits: Wasin Prasertlap

Headshot - ik

Photo Credits: Ivan Koh