Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh is a Taiwanese-Australian composer currently based in the United States. Her compositional interest focuses on immersive physical experiences and she often articulates sonic expressions in terms of choreography, phenomenology, and musical-social interactivity. Hsieh’s latest works delve into examinations of bodily presence, borders, and proximities through the lens of power dynamic, control, and gender politics. Her collaboration with flutist Kathryn Williams, Pixercise, for instance, is a work that addresses the cross sections between the female body, physical exercises, and the virtuosity in contemporary music performance.
Hsieh’s music has been presented internationally at events such as Beijing Modern Music Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, OzAsia Festival, WasteLAnd Music Series (LA), The National Gallery of Victoria ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition’, Tuesdays at Monk Space (LA), Center for New Music (SF), UC Davis The Art of Migration Festival, Mise-en Festival, Adelaide Festival, Tectonics Festival, ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, SEAMUS, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Opera Memphis Midtown Opera Festival, Eavesdropping Symposium in London, Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, and Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
Some recent commissions include Symphony Services Australia, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Wien Modern, Foundation Royaumont, Red Fish Blue Fish, Quince Ensemble and ELISION Ensemble, among others. Her works have also been performed by ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Ulysses Ensemble, Mivos Quartet (USA), Jack Quartet (USA), Rubriks Collective (Australia), Thin Edge New Music Collective (Canada), Ensemble Paramirabo (Canada), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), Arko Symphonic Ensemble (Australia), Syzygy Ensemble (Australia), Ensemble Offspring (Australia), Alia Musica (USA), and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Hong Kong).
She has been a recipient of several awards and honors such as the 2017 APRA (Australian Performance Rights Association) Art Music Fund, the Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award, as well as supports from the New Music USA, Australian Cultural Fund, Australian Council of the Arts grants, the National Cultural and Arts Foundation (Taiwan), the Carnegie Mellon University Berkman Fund, The Monash University International Women’s Day Composition Commission, and was a finalist for the Belegura Emerging Composer Award as part of the Melbourne Prize 2019.
Annie completed her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Melbourne and doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.