Bosba (b.1997) is a Western-educated, Cambodian composer. Influenced by French expressionism, European sacred music, and American minimalism, her music primarily explores the theme of loss and memory. Her experience as a Cambodian folk singer and classical performance singer informs the lyricism of her music.
Bosba is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts (2015) and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA (2019), where she conducted a history minor on the commodification of trauma in arts in post-genocide Cambodian society. Previously, she attended the Lycée Français René Descartes of Phnom Penh. She is a former athlete of the Cambodian Judo Olympic Team.
Prior to composition, Bosba began her career in Cambodia as a traditional folk singer at the age of 7. Her parents managed her vocal career. Their collaboration with Cambodian artists led to performances at venues such as Angkor Wat, the 13th-century UNESCO heritage site of temples. Outside of composition, Bosba has interests in cooking, birds, arts management, cultural equity, and creating a safe and positive workplace culture. Her life project aims to contribute to the development of music education in Southeast Asia and mentor musicians from developing countries.
A recipient of the Fondation Bay Music Studentship and Cambridge Trust European Scholarship, Bosba recently finished studying at the University of Cambridge, singing King's Voices at King's College Chapel. She wrote her thesis on Khmer Agency in Western Art Music.