Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh


Born in Taiwan and raised between New Zealand and Australia, Annie’s music explores the communicative nature of sound and its power to evoke resonances from our shared humanexperiences. 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), A E Floyd MemorialScholarship (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 The Arts Centre Melbourne, Queensland Conservatorium Griffth University, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Melbourne SymphonyOrchestra, Symphony Services Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Syzygy Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Platypus ensemble for new music, Ensemble Multilaterale, Quartetto Maurice, Momenta Quartet, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Ensemble Paramirabo and Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.

Additionally, Annie’s music has been featured in festivals including Metropolis New Music Festival, OzAsia Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, The Arts of Migration Festival (Davis, USA), The Art Centre Melbourne 5X5X5 Project, The National Gallery of Victoria ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition’ (2013-2014), Mise-en Festival (New York, 2014), Wien Modern, NUNC!2 (Chicago, 2015), TectonicFestival 2016 (Adelaide), and ISCM World Music Days 2016 (Tongyeong, Korea).

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

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Quietude, for two percussionists.

Featured in Playlist 6: Meditative Waves 30/06/15

Tightrope for Soprano voice, violin, flute, harp, piano, percussion.

Tightrope is a collaboration with David Maney, a Melbourne-based actor/writer, based on the story of Gigolo and Gigolette by Somerset Maugham.

Featured in the playlist: Small Ensemble Waves (1/3/2016)


Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh was interviewed for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast, Episode 3, 25/11/16.