Sun Keting (b. 1993) is a London-based China-born composer, researcher, creative director and artist. Her composition works focus on performing arts and instrumental sound exploration combining Eastern cultural, spiritual and philosophical elements. They have been described as “the future way to go” (the Independent) and “very attractive for its harmonic imagination, mastery of instrumentation” (the Bachtrack).
Sun's music has been performed in the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia. She has composed music for the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Ligeti Quartet, Psappha Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, The Silk Road Ensemble, the Chroma Ensemble, the IGF, Tangram, The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan. She has collaborated on projects with The Wellcome Collection, The Bristol School of Animation and Leeds Lieder Festival as well as established musicians and artists such as Paul Morley, Huw Watkins, Liam Byrne, Ben Glassberg, Huang Xiao and Michael Foyle.
Upcoming events this year include a new commission for Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Tangram's Our Silence is Your Silence at LSO St. Lukes celebrating 70 years of 4'33''; a new chamber opera New Genus will be featured in Tête-à-Tête Festival 2022; two new choral works commissioned by the NYCGB Young Composers 2022. Recently she received commissions from the LPO Young Composers 20/21, BBC Radio 3 for BBC Singers, Psappha 20/21 'Composing for...scheme', The IGF Guitar Summit and Riot Ensemble. Previously she curated The Scent of Sound concert featuring new music based on folk music elements, cross-culture and cross-arts. In 2020-2021, she was selected to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Young Composer's scheme and was mentored by Brett Dean. Previously, she was selected to join LSO's Soudhub Composer Scheme and had the privilege of being mentored by Rolf Hind and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. She began composing in collaboration with Rome-based Chinese choreographer/artist Huang Xiao and jointly created Enso(2019) and Listen(2020), both premiered at the LSO St. Lukes. She is also a composer-in-residence of both Chinese Arts Now and Tangram and lately, Her work One Undivided(2019) was co-commissioned by CAN, LSO and the Silk String quartet, her work Erasure(2019) was co-commissioned by Tangram and Yoyo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. She also attended the Creative Dialogue 2019 in Finland guided by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen.
In 2018, she started a doctorate at the Royal Academy of Music under the mentorship of Helen Grime and supervised by Phil Cashian and David Gorton as well as RAM's Composers in Residence Oliver Knussen, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Hans Abrahamsen. She completed her MMus degree at the RAM in 2018 and received Distinction Degree and the Pullen Memorial Prize. In 2016, Sun pursued her bachelor’s degree in composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.