‘Music is incomparably personal. Violin, though initially public for me, has developed into a very profound internal experience; singing, like dancing, probably bring me the most unbound joy; and composing is almost like a duty to an idea, the completion of which is incomparably satisfying. Art, on the other hand, for me, is largely osmosis with a mood, thinking through feeling, doing and letting the psyche wander in reflection rather than overtly with the mind.’
MUSIC: Dide Siemmond has composed using a technique she invented herself. She has also composed a collection of conceptual music, exploring the role and development of music and how it is presented in our changing and increasingly conceptual world, as well as music for exhibitive purposes combining classical instruments with underwater coral sounds from the Coral Reef, Australia, in her project CORAL, which links music, poetry and a moving bronze sculpture to raise environmental awareness and use coral as a sociological metaphor, since humans and corals react similarly to stress.
Additionally, in her youth, she composed music for students from the Royal Ballet School and the London School for Contemporary Dance, a short piano piece for the re-launch of the Brambly Hedge children’s books that got featured on the local radio, and participated in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s digital composition course that led to an interview with The Sunday Times, a TV interview and a personal life-size photo in the Royal Festival Hall.
She studied violin with Jascha Heifetz's protégé Pierre Amoyal, Hugh Maguire, Hilary Sturt and Pamela Spofforth, composition with Avril Anderson, singing with Elspeth Davidson and piano with Janet Barwell. She has performed in solo, chamber, orchestral and choral engagements internationally, from the Berliner Philharmonika to the Royal Festival Hall and Snape Maltings, as well as participating in internationally renowned masterclasses, courses and residencies, such as at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, or Dartington, UK.
VISUAL ART: Dide creates visual art, from drawing, painting and photographing, to sculpting and installation. Some works of art are hybrids like CORAL and others, purely visual. In December 2018, she was awarded a residency at the Kokkola Art Museum in Finland, in conjunction with Kokkola Art School and Kokkola Town Theatre, leading to extensive press coverage. Here, she mainly focused on her project MOLTEN, exploring molten metal sculptures with poems (all done by herself) and molten metal and snow paintings exploring freezes and our approach to mental health. She also experimented with photographs linking bleached coral with snowscapes (n.b. prior residencies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015, and Tenjinyama Art Studio in Sapporo, Japan, in 2016).
Also in 2018, she was a finalist in the international Pursue Pictures People and Places Photography Competition for her photo titled JAPAN.
Since exhibiting with sculptor and bladesmith Tobias Ford, of Tobias Ford Sculpture and Colbert Forge respectively, in Japan in December 2016, she has explored the relationship between poetry and sculpture, viewing writing like visual art. They also exhibited together in THE ROOM contemporary art gallery in Venice at the IT'S LIQUID International Art Show (http://www.itsliquid.com/interview-dide-siemmond.html) in 2017, subsequently leading to an invitation to exhibit at the Jorge Jurado Gallery in Bogotá in Colombia, and in curated shows in the UK. During these experiences, she learnt a new skill hand-making knives herself and has made knives on a commission basis, leading to offers selling them in retail, which she has declined.
Dide draws portraits as gifts too. You can commission her by emailing her. Remember to send her a photograph and specify how tonal or graphic you'd like the drawing.