Diana Syrse


Diana Syrse is a composer and singer from Mexico. Her music is characterized by an influence of jazz, rock, fusion, traditional music from around the globe, and avant-garde as well as the use of pre-Hispanic instruments, theatrical elements, and electronics. On several occasions, her music is performed by herself in collaboration with other ensembles, choirs, and orchestras. As a singer Diana has studied bel canto, extended vocal techniques, jazz, and improvisation and specializes in exploring different approaches to the composition and interpretation of new musical theater. 

Her catalog contains works written for choirs, orchestras, ensembles, electronics, electroacoustic music, dance, opera, and new musical theatre. Her music has been performed in Europe, Canada, Latin America, the USA, Africa, and Asia. She has worked writing music for more than 15 Musiktheater/opera productions collaborating with several authors and stage directors. She has worked as a composer and singer with the Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatsoper Hamburg, VocalEssence, the Babylon Orchestra Berlin, Trio D´Argent, the Akademie August Everding, the Secession Orchestra in Paris, and the theater company Les Chambres aux échos. She has been invited to international festivals in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Latvia. In the area of opera and theatre, she has worked as a composer in residence at the Kammerspiele München, Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Berliner Ensemble, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Neuköllner Oper the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Staatstheater Braunschweig. She was also the founder and artistic director of The Breakout Ensemble in Munich. She was a member of the Jury of the Carmen Mateu Opera Award, and in 2022 she was a guest artist and lecturer at The Juilliard School in New York working with the students and performing as a soloist at the Lincoln Center.

Some awards and recognitions include the Musikpreis der Landeshaupstadt München, the FONCA Study Abroad Programme, the Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, the Counterpoint of Tolerance Project (LA), the Deutsches Zentrum in Venedig, and the Cité Internationale des Arts Residency in Paris, the Residency  between others. He was a member of the Young Creators program, the Akademie Musiktheater heute of the German Bank, the Academie d´Aix en Provence, and the European Network of Opera Academies. Diana is also a German citizen. 


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Diana Syrse obtained her Bachelor Degree in Composition at the Facultad de Música (UNAM) in Mexico City. She obtained a Master Degree in the "Performer-Composer Program" at CalArts and a second Master Degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, Germany. She is currently pursuing her PhD in composition at the University of Birmingham with Daria Kwiatkowska and Scott Wilson. She studied composition with Gabriela Ortiz, Moritz Eggert, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Don Freund, Marc Loweinstein, Andreas Kissenbeck and voice with Edith Contreras, Carlos Montane, and Jacqueline Bobak. She has taken master classes with Pascal Dusapin, Bryan Fernyhough, George Lewis and David Rosenboom.