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Diana Syrse


Diana Syrse is a composer and singer from Mexico. Her sonic language often incorporates voice, electronics and traditional instruments from Latin America to evoke powerful, theatrical images. In her urban soundscape, she deals with socially relevant issues and makes an artistic contribution to the discourses of our time. On several occasions, her music is performed by herself in collaboration with other ensembles, choirs, and orchestras.


Her catalog includes works written for choirs, orchestras, ensembles, electronics, electroacoustic music, dance, opera and new music theater. Her music has been performed in Europe, Canada, Latin America, the United States, Africa and Asia. In the field of opera and theater, she has worked as composer-in-residence in more than 15 Musiktheater/Opera productions, collaborating with several authors and directors in Germany at the Kammerspiele München, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Neuköllner Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and Berliner Ensemble. Diana was also the founder and artistic director of the Breakout Ensemble in Munich. She has been invited to international festivals in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Latvia, among others. She has worked as a composer and singer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hamburg Staatsoper, VocalEssence, the Babylon Orchestra of Berlin, the Trio D'Argent, the Akademie August Everding, the Secession Orchestra in Paris, and the theater company Les Chambres aux Echos. Diana was a member of the jury for the Carmen Mateu Opera Prize (Spain) and in 2022 she was invited as a guest artist and lecturer at the Juilliard School in New York, where she worked with students and performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center. She was also a member of the Akademie Musiktheater heute and the Academie d´Aix en Provence (ENOA).


Among her awards and recognitions, she has won the Music Prize of the City of Munich (Musikpreis der Landeshaupstadt München), the Counterpoint of Tolerance Project of Los Angeles (USA), and the FONCA scholarship for study abroad (Mexico). She was also selected for residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada (supported by FONCA), the residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and the residency at the Deutsches Zentrum in Venice supported by the German Ministry of Culture.


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Diana Syrse studied voice and composition at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a master's degree in composer-performer at the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) in the United States, a second master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre in Munich, Germany, and is currently completing a doctorate at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Daria Kwiatkowska and Scott Wilson. Her composition teachers have included Gabriela Ortiz, Moritz Eggert, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Don Freund, Marc Loweinstein; and her voice teachers have included Edith Contreras, Carlos Montane and Jacqueline Bobak. She has taken master classes with Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Bryan Fernyhough, George Lewis and David Rosenboom. She obtained a PhD in composition from the University of Birmingham with Daria Kwiatkowska and Scott Wilson with a focus on opera.

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