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


The Divine Song

‘The work hangs together like a tapestry.’

Zubin Mehta


‘…a transcendence all too rarely found.’

Sir Andrew Davis

Gautama Buddha

‘Bold, theatrical and richly sonorous.’

Houston Chronicle


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

Nicholas Williams

The Independent

Aalakhyam I

‘…a really individual mind.’

The Times

Latest News

Composers Edition

The Naresh Sohal Estate is pleased to announce that Composers Edition is taking on the responsibility for publishing Naresh's self-published catalogue, starting with eighteen works you can find here: https://composersedition.com/nareshsohal/


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


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

Estate of Naresh Sohal
c/o Janet Swinney