JOYCE BEETUAN KOH
MUSIC • SOUND
Award-winning composer from Singapore, Joyce Beetuan Koh writes concert music, works in dance collaborations, and creates sound installations, multimedia productions, and films. Underpinning her creative impulse is a fascination with architectural structures and scientific theories, and the result is a language that is abstract, self-contained, and never sentimental.
Two piano works, "la pierre magenta" and "Piano Peals" are published by the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music (UK).
Her music is featured at international festivals, notably at Biennale Musiques France, Birmingham Frontiers Festival, and performed by Nieuw Ensemble, Australia Song Company, Austrian Reconsil Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of her multimedia works include:
"On the String" (multimedia, 2010, Singapore Arts Festival)
"Away We Go" (theatre of music, 2015, NTU Centre of Contemporary Arts)
"Fire Monkey" (site-specific dance with Arts Fission Company (SG), 2016, Mapping Melbourne Festival, Australia)
"Hearing Lines" (audio-visual, 2017 Asian Computer Music Project, Seoul)
"AXIS-Anatomy of Space" (dance-film with Good Company Arts (NZ), 2017, Soundislands Festival Singapore)
"Sounding Body" (dance-music with Raw Moves Company (SG), 2018, Sydney InsideOut Festival, Australia)
"Were we here?" (theatre of music, 2018, Setts Ensemble Concert, Singapore)
"String by String" (site-specific music performance, 2021, ArtScience Museum, Singapore)
Joyce was awarded Ph.D. in Composition from the University of York, B.Mus (Hons), and M.Mus at King's College London and selected for Postgraduate Diploma in Music Computing at IRCAM, Paris. Her principal composition teachers are David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu, and her conducting mentors are Diego Masson, Peter Eötvös, and Jorma Panula.
Composer-in-Residence at École Nationale de Musique, Montbéliard, France, Herrenhaus Edenkoben, Germany and Theatre Works of Singapore. Fellowships include Foyle Foundation UK, Centre Acanthes France, Nadia Boulanger Foundation, France, Academia Musicale Chigiana Italy, Royaumont Foundation France, and Tanglewood USA.
Currently, she is Associate Dean of School of Interdisciplinary Arts at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.