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Annie Hsieh : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Icy disintegration : for orchestra by Annie Hsieh, from the CD X-ray baby

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Born in Taiwan and raised in New Zealand and Australia, Annie Hsieh's music explores the communicative nature of sound and its power to evoke the deepest resonance from our shared human experiences. She seeks to express this belief through the fabrication of multi-layered and slowly-evolving timbral spaces, energised by the juxtapositions of carefully curated dramatic intensities.

Annie has been awarded the Dorian le Gallienne Composition award (2011), soundSCAPE Festival Composition Prize (2012), A E Floyd Memorial Scholarship (2013), as well as support from the Australian Music Council, Cybec Foundation, Besen Family Artist Program and Sorel Charitable Organization (New York), among others.

Her works have been commissioned and performed by groups including the Arts Centre Melbourne, Queensland Conservatorium Griffths University, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Symphony Services Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Syzygy Ensemble, Kupka's Piano, Quartetto Maurice, Momenta Quartet, Southern Cross Soloists, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Chronology Arts and musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music.

Additionally, Annie's music has been featured in festivals including Metropolis New Music Festival (2010), OzAsia Festival (2012), Asian Composers' League's 'Music Taiwan' series (2012, 2013), soundSCAPE Festival (2012, 2013), Restrung Festival (Brisbane, 2013), The Arts of Migration Festival (2013), The Art Centre Melbourne 5X5X5 Project (2013), The National Gallery of Victoria 'Melbourne Now' exhibition' (2013-2014) and Mise-en Festival (New York, 2014).

Annie is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego, working with Lei Liang. Prior to joining UCSD, Annie completed her bachelor's (first-class honours) and master's degrees from University of Melbourne (2006, 2010) under the tutelage of Brenton Broadstock and Stuart Greenbaum.

Annie is represented by the Australian Music Centre.

Annie Hsieh — current to August 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2011 Dorian le Gallienne Composition Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Into the outer : for 13 solo strings (2014) Commissioned by Timothy Phillips for performance by Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.
In frames, between the reflective panels (flute with pre-recorded sound) (2013) Commissioned as part of the 5x5x5 ProjectDeveloped
Digital sheet music sample Tightrope (a funny trauma) : for soprano and mixed quintet (2013) Commissioned by SoundSCAPE Festival
Threading through fumes (sextets: brass, percussion, string, woodwind) (2012) Commissioned as part of the ASO/Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival Composer Residency
/iu/ (sextets: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass) (2011) Written for the Song Company as part of MODART 11
Digital sheet music sample Quartet: towards the beginning (quartets: clarinet, piano, violin, cello) (2010) Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Beijing Modern Music Festival 2010

Analysis & Media

- Video: Into the outer