Shirley Ly is a self-taught contemporary classical music composer from Greenwich in London, United Kingdom with Chinese and Vietnamese heritage. She began composing music when she was 15 and instantly fell in love with it, writing pieces whenever she feels inspired to do so for acoustic instruments. Her music has been played around half a million times across more than 100 countries around the world spanning six continents and is described to be a bridge between classical, romantic, and minimalist music with Eastern and jazz elements.
She has produced two albums, Blossom (2021) and Impetus (2018), which feature piano, violin, cello, and viola. She is currently working on her third album, Paradise. The albums aim to capture her reflections on life experiences relating to nature, relationships, travel, and dreams. Paradise, in particular, focuses on the beauty of the ocean and its diverse marine life. Through her experiences of swimming, diving, sailing, and surfing in the ocean, she has developed intense admiration for the ocean. It is magnificent, refreshing, and incredibly humbling, and she hopes that her music can further emphasise its importance.
For Shirley, composing music helps with the discovery of self as it allows reflections to be expressed freely. She considers music to be very powerful as it can be shared, not only in a physical way where people can listen to it but in the sense that it evokes emotions, triggers memories, and makes the mind wander into an abyss of imagination. She sincerely hopes that her works share in this sense with you.
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