Biography

Bosba Panh - Composer

 “One of Cambodia’s true wonders” (Nicky McGavin, journalist)

Bosba Panh has been in the performing arts world since the age of 8. An ambassador of Khmer culture , Bosba has performed with the best of Cambodia’s master musicians and dancers who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. Her career in Cambodia culminated in 2011 at Angkor Wat, the 13th-century UNESCO heritage site of temples and palaces. This concert for 2,000 was praised as “One of Cambodia’s most spectacular music events to date” (Asia Life magazine), “It was magical, it is hard to put in words... This is absolutely world class, nothing else has ever been seen like this in Cambodia. Bosba is so young, she deserves an international audience, she is a world class artist” (Sarah O’Brien, composer). Her years in Cambodia produced 3 CDs, 5 singles and 3 DVDs. BosbaPANH’s Facebook page draws more than 169,000 friends and her 50+ youTube videos have attracted more than half a million viewers.

Lacking opportunities for professional training in post-conflict Cambodia, in 2012, Bosba won a scholarship to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts (WHS), a performing arts high school in Boston, MA, which is affiliated with the New England Conservatory. She was enrolled in vocal performance studies and classical composition. 

After graduating from Walnut Hill in 2015, Bosba changed her career path and joined the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston as a composer where she is completing her Bachelors of Music. Her teacher at Walnut Hill was  Dr. Whitman Brown (Brandeis University, WHS).  Her current teachers are Michael Gandolfi (head of composition studies) and Ken Schaphorst (head of jazz studies).

Bosba comes from a traditional family of artists with two brothers, Panhlauv and Sibxy . She is the niece of award-winning filmmaker Rithy Panh, a nominee for the 2014 Academy Awards and several times awardee of the Cannes Film Festival. Bosba identifies herself as a Cambodian raised, Western educated composer. Influenced by French expressionism, European sacred music and American minimalism, her music  explores the theme of loss and sacrifice while being accessible to an audience that ranges from music connoisseurs to amateurs. Her experience as a Cambodian folk singer and classical performance singer informs the lyricism of her music.

Outside of composition, Bosba has interests in arts management, reading and working in providing quality western music education in Cambodia, and developing a standardized notation system to complement Cambodia's traditional music. Amongst her musical influences are  Herbert Howells, Leonard Bernstein, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Bill Evans, João Gilberto, Bernard Herrmann, and Arctic Monkeys.

 

 

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