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Sylvia Lim


Sylvia Lim (b. 1992) is a composer based in the UK. Her works are intimate, exploring a small amount of material in depth. She is interested in the materiality of sound, notions of close listening, perception, rawness and instability. 

Recent commissions include music for Ars Nova Ensemble Instrumental + The Riot Ensemble, Mira Benjamin (Music We’d Like to Hear), EXAUDI, The Hermes Experiment, Prague Quiet Music Collective, and Tabea Debus + Samuele Telari. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic and KFAI. Sylvia is the 2022 winner of Rubiks Collective’s Pythia Prize.

Sylvia completed her PhD (‘Exploring organic decay through sound’) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she also gained a first class Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Master of Music with distinction, winning the Ian Horsbrugh Memorial Prize for Composition in 2015. She now teaches composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Purcell School.

Biography last updated: 2018