Olivia Davies is a Perth-based composer whose texturally-driven work explores ideas of ambience, stasis and flow. Davies has been involved in a number of key musical events and programs, including Sydney’s Extended Play Festival (2019), Ensemble Offspring’s Kontiki Racket (2019), TURA’s Totally Huge New Music Festival (2016, 2017) and has worked with leading Australian ensembles including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Decibel New Music and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective—with whom she recorded her piece Crystalline for the 2018 Hush Foundation album Collective Wisdom. Crystalline was also recently included on ABC Classic’s latest album Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers. Recently Davies participated in Soundstream’s Emerging Composers Forum where she workshopped her latest work Notes on Sand—a site-specific piece inspired by the increasingly threatened Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, just south of Adelaide.
Davies’ music 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.
Upcoming commissions included a solo guitar work for the Canberra International Music Festival (2020) and an orchestral work for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to be premiered in July.