Born in Somerset, Som grew up in Sydney after his parents moved back to Australia when he was 12 months old. Som comes from a musical family; his mum studied singing and his dad is currently a full-time lecturer in Piano Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Som took up the clarinet at the age of 11, studying under Mark Walton. He completed his music studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012, studying with Frank Celata and was the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Clarinet Fellow the following year. Som has since studied overseas privately with Andrew Marriner (LSO), Andreas Sundén (Swedish Radio Symphony), Hermann Steffanson and Johan Fransén (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic).
Som moved to London in 2014 after gaining a 10 month position as co-principal Clarinet with the Southbank Sinfonia, one of the UK’s most prestigious orchestral academies. The program included side by side mentoring with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Opera House and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Since moving abroad, Som has been an international award winner; having won the UK’s Royal Overseas League (ROSL) Commonwealth Musician of the Year Award in 2015, The Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Convention competition in 2013, and the category finals of the ABC Australian Young Performers Awards in 2012. As a soloist, Som has performed concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, and the Southbank Sinfonia (UK). Future soloist engagements this year include Weber’s First Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, and english composer Geoffrey Hanson’s Clarinet Concerto with the London Mozart Players (UK) which will also be recorded for CD by Cala Records.
Currently based in Stockholm, Som frequently returns to London for various projects and performances. He recently completed a professional development program as the 2015/2016 Foyle Future Firsts Clarinetist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra where he took lessons with LPO clarinet legend, Robert Hill and Principal E-flat Tom Watmough.
In addition to an already busy year, Som was also fortunate enough to be selected for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural Orchestral Academy, which will conclude at the end of 2016.
Along with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Som is an extra musician with; The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as Guest Principal Clarinettist of the Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras.
A keen chamber musician; Som has performed the Brahms Clarinet quintet with the Allegri Quartet in 2015, and toured nationally in Australia with renowned Australian Pianist Kathy Selby in 2014.
This year Som will perform in a series of concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Trio group, ‘The Dolmen Ensemble’.
Som is incredibly thankful to the generous support of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Jenny Pittman and the Australian Music Foundation, The Tait Memorial Trust, and private sponsors Barney and Margaret Rodgers.