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The Dian Red Kechil International Young Composers Residency brings together highly talent, young composers from throughout the world for intensive engagement with aesthetic, technical, and practical issues of contemporary music composition in a unique part of the world - Singapore. Situated in the middle of South East Asia, Singapore is a place rich in divergent cultures.

“Dian Red Kechil” means “Little Red Dot” in a mixture of Chinese, English, and Malay, 3 of the main languages in Singapore. “Little Red Dot” has become a familiar term for the small country. The multi-lingual version embraces the unique cultural fusions that exist here. In this sense, it defines the spirit of the residency - a gathering of unique perspectives for dialogue and enrichment.

A particular focus of the residency is discourse between composers of different Asian cultures as well as composers from different backgrounds throughout the world. Additionally, the course aims to bring aspiring young composers into dialogue with a highly-regarded contemporary music ensemble.

We seek participants who are interested in furthering their own artistic development as well as that of others through open, critical, and supportive discourse about composition. Applications are welcome from all composers - 27 years old or younger at the time of application - who are still studying composition or are recently graduated, regardless of nationality.

All selected participants will receive private instruction with the composition mentors as well as a premiere of a new work by the resident ensemble at the end of the residency. In addition, each participant will give a 90-minute presentation (in English) on his or her work. Participants are also asked to meet each other in one-to-one meetings to discuss their compositional approaches and ideas.

This year, the composition mentors are Ming Tsao and Peter Ivan Edwards. The ensemble-in-residence is Trio SurPlus of Freiburg, Germany.

This event is hosted at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music on the campus of the National University of Singapore. The language of the course is English.

The residency is generously supported by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and Goethe-Institut Singapore.

Dian Red Kechil 2013 participants on a bumboat en route to Pulau Ubin for an excursion.