Savy was born in Kandal Province, one hour south of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. She is the daughter of famous Khmer musician, Ouch Chheng, and his wife and singing partner, Prum Chantal. At age 15, Savy moved to Phnom Penh to study music at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA). At RUFA, she excelled in singing and playing the Chapei Dang Veng, an ancient traditional Cambodian instrument and musical tradition. Savy’s talents were immediately recognized, and she has been a highly in-demand performer, recording artist, and cultural ambassador ever since.
Savy is the protégé of legendary chapei player, Master Kong Nay. They studied, performed, and recorded together at Cambodian Living Arts for several years. She has also recorded and performed extensively with Cambodian Masters Ieng Sithul and Yun Theara, and studied traditional Khmer harp and notation with acclaimed Cambodian composer, Master Him Sophy.
Savy has performed internationally with rock music legend Peter Gabriel, as well as Scandanavian, American, and Middle Eastern musicians. Her first album, Mekong Delta Blues, was recorded with Kong Nay on Gabriel’s Long Tale Recordings label, and her second album, Sarikakeo, features her duets
with Cambodian master sister Ieng Sithul. Savy is also a frequent collaborator with Norweigan composer and pianist Ingolv Haaland. Savy has performed in the following countries: Australia, Austria, England, France, Holland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.
In Cambodia, Savy is highly-sought for weddings and other traditional music performances. She also records frequently for Cambodian National Radio, and performs on several television and radio programs. In addition to playing Chapei Dang Veng, Ta Khe, and Pin (Khmer harp), Savy is a very versatile singer of the following forms: Mahaori, Ay-yai, Pleng Gaa, and Chapei. She also loves singing the incredible 1960s Cambodian rock and pop music of Ros Sereysothea and Pan Ron.
Savy believes in supporting future generations of traditional Khmer artists, and has taught music classes and workshops at Cambodian Living Arts, A New Day Cambodia, Community Volunteers for Community Development, and Khmer communities in France, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.