Bosba (b.1997) is a Cambodian raised, Western-educated composer. Influenced by French expressionism, European sacred music and American minimalism, the music of Bosba 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. 

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. These eight years in Cambodia produced 3 CDs, 5 singles and 3 DVDs from concerts as well as countless humanitarian efforts in collaboration with hospitals such as the Angkor Hospital for Children and working for clean water and arts education initiatives. Bosba attended the Lyçée Français René Descartes of Phnom Penh, is a former Cambodian Judo Olympic team member and triple national champion. Bosba moved to the United States in 2012 to further her studies in music as a vocal performance major at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. While at WHS, she began studying composition with Dr Whitman Brown which led to a full-time career change. She now attends the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA studying under Michael Gandolfi, chair of composition studies, and Ken Schaphorst, chair of jazz studies.

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. Her latest compositions can be found in the Music section of this blog or her SoundCloud at www.soundcloud.com/bosbapanh.




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