A unique voice in contemporary classical music

Born in Punjab in 1939, and a long-time resident of the UK, Sohal’s work spans two cultures eloquently and with flair. As a British composer, he writes fluently in the Western idiom: as an Asian composer, he draws heavily on the insights of Indian philosophy.

He combines passion with technical brilliance to further his main purpose: the elevation of the human spirit. His music has been performed worldwide. In 1987 he was awarded a Padma Shri by the Indian government for his services to Western music.

Photo, Janet Swinney

Reviews

The Divine Song

‘The work hangs together like a tapestry.’

Zubin Mehta

Lila

‘…a transcendence all too rarely found.’

Sir Andrew Davis

Gautama Buddha

‘Bold, theatrical and richly sonorous.’

Houston Chronicle

Lila

‘Play it again, BBC, as soon as possible.’

Nicholas Williams

The Independent

Aalakhyam I

‘…a really individual mind.’

The Times

Latest News

Donation

The Naresh Sohal Estate donates $500 to the Mathieson Music School in Calcutta, after the school is hit by Cyclone Amphan.

Donation

The Naresh Sohal Estate donates £1,000 to the Royal Academy of Music’s Response Fund, to help students adversely affected by Coronavirus

Tribute

Tribute plaque in memory of the composer placed at the Royal Academy of Music, London.


Contact:
Estate of Naresh Sohal
c/o Janet Swinney