PhD student premieres latest composition on Radio France

A portrait photography of PhD candidate Diana Syrse

Diana Syrse, a composer and PhD student in the Department of Music, has premiered her new work Géante Rouge (Red Giant) on Radio France. The piece was commissioned by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  for the Festival Presénces 2021.

Diana's work was premiered alongside that of prominent French composer, Pascal Dusapin who invited Diana to the event. The concert was conducted by Alain Altinoglu and Olivier Latry and performed at the Paris Philharmonic earlier this month. 

Of the piece, Diana said: "Red giant [is] a piece inspired by a childhood memory. When I was a child, I looked out my window in Mexico City and gazed at the star Betelgeuse, a red giant, located in the constellation of Orion. This star symbolises love, and my dream of becoming a composer."

You can listen to the piece, along with rest of the concert, on the Radio France website until 5 March 2021.

 Diana is an award-winning composer and singer from Mexico City. Her music has been performed around the world by leading orchestras, ensembles and operas, including an upcoming commission by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein for a childeren's opera. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Musical Composition under the supervision of Dr Daria Kwiatkowska and Dr Scott Wilson.

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