Joyce Beetuan Koh (1968- )

Singaporean composer Joyce Koh currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Vice Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a position she has held since 2014.

She studied at King’s College London and the University of York before completing her studies at IRCAM in France. After working in Europe for 20 years she returned to Singapore in 2007 to head the music faculty at the School of the Arts.

Her work spans concert music, dance collaborations, text-sound production and interactive sound installations. As International Piano Quartely put it: ‘[her soundworld] engages the intellect and requires a different approach’.

She has been commissioned by or performed for Singapore Arts Fission Dance Company, Hong Kong Chinese Music Virtuosi, Australia Song Company, Resonance Contemporaine, De Ereprijs of the Netherlands, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Her most recent work for the SSO is one point six one eight zero, a series of six short movements related to each other by the Golden Ratio.

She has received honours from, among others Foyle Foundation UK (2004), Centre Acanthes France (2002), Young Artist Award Singapore (1998), Academia Musicale Chigiana Italy (1997), Royaumont Foundation France (1997), Nadia Boulanger Foundation France (1996), Tanglewood USA (1995).