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 recently received her PhD 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.