sivan eldar • tmf commission composer
We proudly present "The Song about the Child," Israeli composer Sivan Eldar's TMF commission based on our LiberArte poem by Arab-Israeli poet Salman Masalha.
Ms. Eldar's work has been described as “meditative and captivating” (l’Humanité), “Vividly imagined” (The Boston Globe), “Sonically luxurious… radiating with poetic sounds and silences” (ResMusica), “Unreal and truly distinguished” (Nieuwe Noten), “ethereal” (Oakland Musical Examiner), “beautifully melancholic” (Opera Plus), and "with a unique sensitivity to dramaturgy" (Diapason).
She has worked with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Divertimento Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Diotima String Quartet, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Accentus Choir, and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, at festivals such as Festival ManiFeste, Ultraschall Berlin, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Venice Biennale Musica, Festival Présences, Rainy Days Festival, and Donaueshingen Festival, and at diverse venues including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Paris’ Centre Pompidou and Théatre du Châtelet, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Oslo’s Baerum Kulturhaus, NY's DiMenna Center, and Berlin’s RADIOALSYSTEM-V.
Sivan began her musical education in Tel Aviv at the age of 5, studying classical piano and voice. At the age of 15 she moved to the US to continue her education at the United World College, where she focused on music while also becoming involved in environmental and political work. She continued her studies in Boston at the New England Conservatory (BM), where she studied music composition, piano and ethnomusicology, alongside courses in gender studies and ethics. In 2009 She moved to California to pursue her PhD in composition at UC Berkeley with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox and Myra Melfrd, with a diploma in new media studies at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM). She then moved to Paris for training at the Institute de Recherche Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) under Hèctor Parra (Cursus 2016-17). Since 2018 she has been in residence at IRCAM, working primarily with computer music designer Augustin Muller.
In addition to her work as a a composer, Sivan has served on the theory faculty of the Department of Music at UC Berkeley, and on the composition faculty of the John Adams Young Composers Program (2009-16). Since 2019, she has been composer-in-residence at Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier, where she presents new works and leads workshops for emerging composers.