When renowned composer Him Sophy first set foot in Moscow to study composition in the 1980s, he had to refrain from writing pieces for the traditional Khmer musical instruments he was used to. A group from the Boston Children’s Chorus (Supplied)

“What I started to compose [in Moscow], it was still my own language, but using only Western instruments,” said Mr. Sophy, who was born into a family of musicians. Mr. Sophy said that he now mixes both Western and
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