Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Boston-based Singaporean composer whose music is characterized by inventive timbral extremes. Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), she is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D'Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women's Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant from Artistic Excellence.
Emily’s works have been described as “beautifully eerie” (New York Times), and “subtley spicy” (Baltimore Sun), and have been performed at various venues around the world in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Finland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
In addition to composing and teaching, Emily is an avid double bassist and performs with the New England Philharmonic as their Principal Bassist. She graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore as the valedictorian of her class, and from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University.