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. She has also been the recipient of the prestigious George Ladd Prix de Paris, a 9-month composition residency in Paris, which enabled her to complete 6 new commissions for the Manifeste Festival in Paris, the Terezin Music Foundation, Spitfire Dance Company, and Musica Nova Ensemble between 2014 and 2015. In 2016 she will return to Paris for a 10-month residency at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), supported by a Hertz Traveling Scholarship and the Cité Internationale des Arts, where she will be working on several new projects.
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), Ensemble Mise-en (NY), Clarinet Factory (Prague), Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), and Ensemble Musica Nova (Tel Aviv). This past 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 freelance 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.
In September I will begin a 10-month residency at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. I will be working with composer Hèctor Parra and the different research teams on new tools in music technology and computer assisted composition. I'm very excited about this opportunity to go deeper into MaxMSP, OM, Antescofo and other IRCAM tools, and to make music in this new environment.
Spitfire Company is taking Sniper's Lake on the road again. This time to Stavanger (Norway) and Prague (CZ). In Stavanger they will be performing at Tou Scene, an unusual performance space where the dancers will be running towards the audience. Should be interesting!
It was so wonderful to get this CD in the mail this morning! It features my bass clarinet concerto Crumb Child along with beautiful pieces by Christiann Wolff, Bernhard Lang, Helmut Oehring, Petr Kotik, and other fellow composers from the 2013 Ostrava Days Festival. The performance is by the fantastic Czech clarinetist Irvin Venys and the equally fantastic Ostravska Banda Orchestra, under the baton of Carl Bettendorf.
Jeremy Eischler from the Boston Globe describes Mother Tongue as "vividly imagined" in his enthusiastic review of Sunday's concert. It's been a week. I'm back home in San Francisco. And I'm still thinking of that concert. And still feeling thankful to the Terezín Music Foundation and the Boston Children's Chorus (and their wonderful soloist Maddy Kline!). Now I just need to figure out what to do with all this new vocal music in my head...
A year ago I was commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation to write two new choral works in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps. Tomorrow these works will be heard for the first time in the US at Boston's magnificent Symphony Hall. I am so honored to be in the company of Andris Nelsons and members of the BSO, of fellow composers Pablo Ortiz and David Post, of the Boston Children's Choir and Coro Allegro, of poet Richard Blanco, and of the foundation's inspiring director Mark Ludwig.
As a teenager in Tel Aviv, I spent many hours at the Felicia Blumenthal Music Center on Bialik Street - one of the most beautiful and quaint spots in the city. When Yaron Deutsch from the Tzlil Meducan Festival told me that my new chamber work Bela would be performed there, I couldn't have been happier. And now that the score and parts are finished, and my ticket to Tel Aviv is booked, I'm really looking forward to my first rehearsal with the fantastic Musica Nova Ensemble.
Pierre-Andre Vallade and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra made A Thousand Tongues sound like the most magical haunted forest… seriously, working with them was like a dream come true. And I felt honored that the performance was part of IRCAM’s Manifeste Academy & Festival. I’m pretty sure I got to meet more new people and hear more new music during those three weeks than I did during my whole 9-months residency in Paris….
Performance of The Song About the Child by the Lafayette Chamber Singers, conducted by Professor William Plummer.
Performance of Mother Tongue and The Song About the Child by Meridionalist Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Sebastian Zubieta. Part of the 25th anniversary of the Czech Chapter of the Fulbright Foundation in New York.
Premiere of a new work for mixed media realized at IRCAM. Part of the 2017 Manifeste Festival & Academy.
Opera Creation workshop with dramaturg Willem Bruls, stage director Katie Mitchell, director & writer Christophe Honoré, and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Radio broadcast of my orchestral work A Thousand Tongues on Czech Radio's Music Forum. The episode, titled New American Music features works by Andrew Norman and Concert Black, as well as an interview with my dear friend, composer Jan Trojan. Online streaming HERE.
Premiere of new acoustic and electroacoustic chamber works composed by my students at the John Adams Young Composers Program: Christopher Yuan, Sophia Hampton, and Joshua Portolo. These works were composed especially for the wonderful SfSound Ensemble.
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