Olivia Bettina Davies is an emerging composer based in Perth, Western Australia. Having been involved in a number of key musical events and programs, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with leading Australian ensembles including the ACO Collective, Ensemble Offspring, the West Australian Symphony orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Olivia’s music has twice featured at TURA’s ‘BREAKING OUT Composers’ Concert at Perth’s Totally Huge New Musical Festival in 2015 and 2017 and more recently, was performed at the Gender Diversity in Music Making conference in Melbourne as part of the inaugural Summers Night Project. Ideas of ambience, natural flow and timbral focus run through Olivia’s music which has received awards including the University of Western Australia’s prestigious Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize in Musical Composition and People’s Choice Award for her piece OBSERVED for Wind Quartet, as well as Best Original Score at the 168 Film Festival in LA (2016), for her music on the short film The Voice in the Wilderness.
Last year Olivia was one of six emerging composers—along with six established composers— commissioned for the latest Hush Foundation album Collective Wisdom. With composer James Ledger as her mentor, Olivia completed her piece Crystalline for string orchestra, which premiered in Sydney and Melbourne in September 2018 by the Australian Chamber Orchestra/ACO Collective.