Olivia Bettina Davies is a Perth based composer currently studying at the University of Western Australia. At this early stage of her career Olivia has already been involved in a number of key musical events and programs including performances of her work at the ‘BREAKING OUT Composers’ Concert (part of TURAs Totally Huge New Musical Festival in 2015 and 2017) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Young & Emerging Artists: Composition Project (2015). The latter three-month intensive project involved writing and workshopping a new work titled Coalescence for WASO’s Chamber Orchestra and included a masterclass conducted by renowned English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2015, Olivia was awarded UWA’s prestigious Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize in Musical Composition for her piece OBSERVED for Wind Quartet, also winning the People’s Choice Award, and more recently won Best Original Score at the 168 Film Festival in LA, for her music on the short film The Voice in the Wilderness. Last year Olivia was one of just four composers invited to participate in the 2017 Australian Youth Orchestra’s Music Camp, where she was mentored by Australian composer Gerard Brophy and produced her work ‘White Walls’ for chamber orchestra.
More recently, Olivia was one of six emerging composers - along with six established composers - commissioned for the latest Hush Foundation album Hush18. With composer James Ledger as her mentor, Olivia completed her piece Crystalline for string orchestra, which will be premiered late 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne by the Australian Chamber Orchestra/ACO Collective.