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Joyce Koh

Award-winning composer, Dr. Joyce Koh is Senior Lecturer and Vice Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since January 2014.

After twenty years of professional practice in Europe, she returned to Singapore in 2007 to head the music faculty at the School of the Arts. She was responsible for the design and implementation of the Music Specialist curriculum, and had spearheaded a 4-year Integrated Arts Programme at the School. Subsequently, in 2010, she joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the National Institute of Education as a part-time lecturer. She also holds a range of consultancy roles for the National Arts Council of Singapore, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

Dr. Joyce Koh has a creative output ranging from concert music, dance collaborations, text-sound production, to interactive sound installations. Originating from her interests in architecture and interdisciplinarity, her work explores notions of sonic canvas, space and theatre of music. As described by the International Piano Quarterly, her sound world “engages the intellect and requires a different approach”.

She is the recipient of various honours and fellowships which include 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), and Tanglewood USA (1995).

She has been invited as Composer-in-Residence at École Nationale de Musique, Montbéliard, France (2006), Herrenhaus Edenkoben, Germany (2004) and Theatre Works, Singapore (2001).

She has an accomplished record of commissions by and performances for companies and festivals which include Singapore Arts Fission Dance Company, Hong Kong Chinese Music Virtuosi, Australia Song Company, Résonance Contemporaine, De Ereprijs of the Netherlands, Ensemble Contemporaine de Montréal, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Chinese Music Virtuosi.

Her works are featured at international platforms such as World Stage Design, 2013, Cardiff, UK; Birmingham Frontiers Festival, 2013, UK; International Computer Music Conference, 2011, Huddersfield, UK, and 2013, Perth, Australia; Singapore Arts Festival, 2010, 2003, 2001; International Symposium on Electronic Arts, 2009, Singapore; Dan:s Festival, 2006, Singapore; Biennale Musiques France, 2004; BBC Invitation Concert Series, 2002; Melbourne Arts Festival, 2001; and Sir Henry Wood Promenade, 1996.

Her publications include two piano works published by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK; and proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference and the International Society of Electronic Arts.

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