Onn San holds a MFA in musical theatre writing at the New York University, TISCH School of The Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He received the Dean’s Fellowship Award making him the first Malaysian composer to be awarded with the prestigious award. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in classical music from University College Sedaya International (UCSI). Nominated 7 times for the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards and won 4, including “Best Original Music”, “Best Musical Director” and “Audience Choice Award.”
In 2014, his musical MARRYING ME was showcased in New York City as part of the New York Theatre Barn Concert Series. He was also one of the guest speakers of
TEDx Petaling Street, where he spoke about “The Power of Music”. Recently, Onn scored the music to the highly-acclaimed Malaysian film, OLA BOLA
directed by Chiu Keng Guan who also directed the box-office hit, THE JOURNEY.
Onn has compose several
musicals including, MIMPI ARTILLA, that was commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia; MARRYING ME (KL Performing Arts Center presents); EVERWORLD (SIBKL presents) and THE SECRET LIFE OF NORA (Enfiniti Vision Media presents), DRUNK BEFORE DAWN (SIBKL presents) and GREEN TEA THE MUSICAL (UCSI presents) His film works include, JARUM HALUS, SUATU MALAM KUBUR BERASAP 2, LEGEND (TV Series) and THE HARVESTER. He has also worked on TV documentaries like WHO ARE THE CHINESE? and INSIDE TIFFANY & CO. He has also worked on local and international TV commercials for brands such as Petronas, Toyota, Maxis, Tiffany & Co and more.
In 2012, Onn released his first instrumental album, EPOMANIA – AN EPIC SOUNDTRACK BY ONN SAN, where award -winning actor/ producer Tiara Jacquelina calls it “Magical & breathe- taking”. He recently recorded an 18-piece live string section for his next album, EPOMANIA 2: TIME & SPACE, which will be released in mid-2016. Onn is a member of the Malaysian Author’s Copyright Protection (MACP) and now lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2016, Onn founded his company, Score Box – a film music company dedicated to providing high quality film scores for local & international films.