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Fiona Hill : Represented Artist

New world and old world can find common ground through the creative processes of our time but beauty must never be abandoned.

Random Audio Sample: Spider (string quartets with electronics) by Fiona Hill, from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists


Photo of Fiona Hill

Photo: Rachelle Kellett

Growing up wedged between factories and forest, it this space Hill attempts to fill compositionally. Creating sounds that occupy an experimental, freethinking yet universally beautiful place is her objective. A common theme in Hill's electroacoustic work is the sourcing of sounds from nature and industrial environments and blending these in a musical space incorporating acoustic instruments, live performers and spatialised sonic environments.

Current projects include a new electroacoustic work for Sydney's Ensemble Offspring for premiere in 2018 and music for TV show A Dog's Tale (2017). Hill was Composer in Residence at Trinity Grammar School from 2008-2016 and composed a number of student works whilst employed there: for full choir, Out of your sleep, The Cradle and Grace, for string orchestra and full choir, Veni creator spiritus, for small ensemble Spira Mirablis, Continetia and Corporis, for theatre Alice and Twelfth Night.

Previous compositions include the commission and premiere of an extended electroacoustic work (50 minutes) Chromoson in 2010 by Trinity Grammar School's Society of the Arts, for electronics, solo soprano, and moving image in surround sound with multiple projections. Also for the Society of the Arts, in 2008, Hill composed Unity in Blue, an electroacoustic work for small ensemble in surround sound, based on the Godfrey Miller painting 'Unity in Blue'. Hill composed for the short dance film Entanglement Theory, premiering at Dance on Film in New York 2009, and Zephyr String Quartet's WIRED project 2008. Her composition Spider for Zephyr Quartet's WIRED project 2006 featured on Australian Broadcasting Commission's Arts Sunday 2007 and at the Australian Computer Music Conference 2008. Earlier chamber music works were composed through a series of commissions from the Firm, which resulted in the performances of Integrals, Signwaves and Decomposition for Strings.

Hill has studied composition in Paris, Montreal, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, under composers Graeme Koehne, Trevor Pearce, Martin Armiger, Jean Lesage and Sean Ferguson. In 2009 she received a grant to undertake studies at IRCAM in Paris, being exposed to the latest advances in music technology research and computer-aided composition. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Hepzibah Tintner Fellowship.

As a pianist Hill has played extensively with tango band Quartito Azul and contemporary improvisation ensemble MIRRA, and been accompanist for the Sydney Dance Company, Adelaide Girls' Choir, Eltham Little Theatre, VCA School of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dancing.

Hill is continually seeking avenues for the realisation new works and collaborations.


Fiona Hill — current to May 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Out of your sleep : SATB choir with organ (2012) Commissioned by Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
Chromoson (audiovisual work) (2010) Commissioned by Trinity Grammar School Society of the Arts.
Digital sheet music sample Unity in blue : electroacoustic (2008) Commissioned by Trinity Grammar School's Society of the Arts (Sydney)
Spider (string quartets with electronics) (2006) Commissioned by Zephyr String Quartet for their WIRED electroacoustic performance series in 2006.
Transpiration : string quartet (2005) Commissioned by The Firm.