Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Western Sydney. Holly’s music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour.
Holly is currently writing a work for four-time Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird (USA) for Musica Viva’s 2017 International Concert Season, a percussion/piano duo for Michael Kieran Harvey and Timothy Phillips, as well as two new pieces for Ensemble Offspring. She was a guest presenter at the 2016 Australian Music Days in July at MLC School, Burwood. In 2015, Holly completed works for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Youth Orchestras, Orchestra of the 21st Century (RKST21, Orkest de Ereprijs and Het Gelders Orkest), and was composer in residence at Prairiewood High School.
Holly was awarded first place at the 2014 Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. She received the Australia and Pacific Prize for the 2014 Zvi Zeitlin Memorial International Composers Competition (USA), and in 2013 was the winner of the inaugural Pyeongchon Arts Hall International Chamber Music Composition Competition (South Korea). Holly was a resident composer at the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival (USA) with Alarm Will Sound, and was one of two winners of The Riot Ensemble's (UK) 2014 Call for Scores. Her works have been performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014/2016 (NL), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (USA), the 2015 Limelight Australian Composition Seminar, Asian Composers’ League Conference and Festival (Taiwan), and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program. Holly’s music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA by ensembles including Orkest de Ereprijs, Alarm Will Sound, The Riot Ensemble, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The Sound Collectors, The Violet Collective, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, Georgia Tech Strings, National Taiwan Normal University Orchestra, and Antonietta Loffredo.
Holly recently completed a Doctor of Creative Arts under the supervision of Bruce Crossman and John Encarnacao at Western Sydney University, where she is currently a sessional academic. She also plays drum kit in the improvised rock duo Tabua-Harrison with Joey Tabua (electric guitar/guzheng).