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Holly Harrison : Associate Artist

Photo of Holly Harrison

Photo: Marije van den Berg

Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Western Sydney. Harrison's music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour.

In 2015, Harrison is working on pieces for Ensemble Offspring, the Sydney Symphony Fellows, Sydney Youth Orchestras, Orchestra of the 21st Century (RKST21), and is composer in residence at Prairiewood High School. Harrison was awarded first place at the 2014 Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and commissioned to write a new work for Orkest de Ereprijs for February 2015. She received the Australia and Pacific Prize for the 2014 Zvi Zeitlin Memorial International Composers Competition (USA), and was the winner of the inaugural Pyeongchon Arts Hall International Chamber Music Composition Competition (South Korea) in 2013. In 2014, Harrison was a resident composer at the Mizzou International Composers Festival (USA) with Alarm Will Sound, and was one of two winners of the Riot Ensemble's (UK) 2014 call for scores.

Her works have been performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (USA), Asian Composers' League Conference and Festival (Taiwan), and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2012-2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program. Harrison's music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA by ensembles including Orkest de Ereprijs, Alarm Will Sound, the Riot Ensemble, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, National Taiwan Normal University Orchestra, and Antonietta Loffredo.

Holly recently completed a Doctor of Creative Arts under the supervision of Bruce Crossman and John Encarnacao at the University of Western Sydney, where she is currently a sessional academic.

Holly Harrison — current to July 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Frogstomp : for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet and percussion (2015) Commissioned by Greg Dickson, Penny Le Couteur.
Cabbages and kings : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble (2014) Commissioned as part of the 20th Young Composers Meeting, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
Tweedledrum : for percussion duo (2014) Commissioned by Riot Ensemble.
Frumious : orchestra (2012) Commissioned as part of the CYBEC 21st Century Australian Composers' Program