"...her work points to a future way to go"
Sun Keting 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).
Keting'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, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Ligeti Quartet, Riot Ensemble, Psappha Ensemble, Tangram, Nash Ensemble, The Silk Road Ensemble, the Chroma Ensemble, the IGF, Tangram, The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan. Her music has featured in many venues and festivals worldwide, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place London, Helsinki Concert Hall, tête-à-tête Festival and National Concert Hall Dublin.
Upcoming events this year include a new ballet commission for Birmingham Royal Ballet "Black Sabbath", new chamber work for Nash Ensemble in Wigmore Hall; new choral work for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, new chamber orchestra for Aldeburgh Festival 2023/Britten Pears Young Artist Programme. Recently she received commissions from Tangram's Our Silence is Your Silence at LSO St. Lukes celebrating 70 years of 4'33''; two new choral works commissioned by the NYCGB Young Composers 2022; a new chamber opera New Genus featured in Tête-à-Tête Festival 2022, 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.
Keting graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (B.A.) and the Royal Academy of Music (MMus) and is completing 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.