Joseph Lim (b.1994) is a composer, educator, saxophonist and pianist. Joseph studies the influence of traditional culture on music composition, a research area developed from his undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. While such intercultural possibilities hold promising musical potential, Joseph also explores the philosophical and ethical implications in these acts of representation. He has presented a paper and a composition exploring these issues at the Conversations in Singapore History Conference in King’s College London. His works have been performed by the English Young Artist Sinfornia, CHROMA, Hermes Experiment, Lontano, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Audioimage Wind Ensemble and ADDO Chamber Orchestra.
Joseph has a deepening passion for musical education. He has completed his teaching internship stints in Raffles Institution and his alma mater Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) for both the Music Elective and General Music Programmes. In London, he taught music literacy to children at the Paget Christian Center, and was awarded the King’s Experience London Award.
As an active performer, he studied Saxophone performance with Huw Wiggin (Royal Academy of Music) and Leslie Wong (Flute and Music Academy). He performs with the University of London Big Band and the Sunday Bands at All Souls Langham Place led by Professor Noel Tredinnick. He has also studied conducting under Colin Metters, Christopher Austin and Oscar Bosch.
Joseph is currently pursuing postgraduate composition under Professor Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Honing his pedagogical skills, Joseph is also undergoing the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) Teaching Diploma programme. Joseph completed his undergraduate studies in King’s College London under Dr Rob Keeley and Dr Ed Nesbit, where he was awarded the Sambrooke Exhibition in Music Prize.
Joseph is also a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) and Composers Society of Singapore (CSS).