Sivan Eldar






Sivan Eldar is a San Francisco-based composer who uses instrumental, electronic, and found sounds to create compositions for live concerts, dance, theater, and gallery spaces. 

Sivan began her musical education in Israel at the age of 5, studying classical piano and voice. At the age of 15, she moved to the US to pursue advanced degrees in composition and piano at the New England Conservatory (BM), and at UC Berkeley (MM), where she is currently an advanced PhD candidate in music composition and new media. 

Sivan has been the recipient of awards form the Fulbright Foundation, ASCAP, Hearst Foundation, the European Broadcasting Union, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the J. Dorfman Composition Competition, and the Nicola di Lorenzo Composition Competition. Most recently, she was awarded the Ladd Prize, a 9-month composition residency in Paris, where she was able to complete 6 new commissions for the Manifeste Festival in Paris, the Terezin Music Foundation, Spitfire Dance Company, and Musica Nova Ensemble. 

Sivan has worked with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra (Paris), Berkeley Symphony (CA), International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt), Divertimento Ensemble (Milan), and Ensemble Mise-en (NY). During the 2014-15 concert season, her music was premiered at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Paris’ Maison de la Radio and Le Centquatre, Oslo’s Baerum Kulturhaus, Berlin’s RADIOALSYSTEM-V Art Center, NY’s Bohemian National Hall, and Prague’s Lobkowitcz Palace, among other venues.

In addition to her work as a free-lance composer, Sivan serves on the theory faculty of the Department of Music at UC Berkeley, and on the composition faculty of the John Adams Young Composers Program.


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