credit: Scott Hutchings
Australian pianist/composer Sophie Hutchings performs elegant post-classical music which flits from soothing, idyllic, and melancholy to urgent and tempestuous. Likened to artists such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter, and Dustin O'Halloran, her music focuses on delicate piano melodies, sometimes incorporating strings, woodwind, percussion, and ethereal vocals. Her recordings range from more fully arranged albums like 2012's Night Sky to sparse, dreamy efforts such as 2017's Byways.
Sophie’s compositions sway from the disarmingly spare and elegant to the romantic and epic, with a fragility that manages to be both calm and exquisite but always pushing forward.
Nominated for the Australian Music Prize and listed in the top five live instrumentalists of the year for the National Live Music Awards, Sophie Hutchings’ music has been described as ‘stirring, vigorous,[and] grandly melodic,’(MOJO Magazine) her rippling piano has an ‘intimate, contemplative quality,’(The Guardian). Other media outlets have described Sophie’s music as ‘frankly amazing,’ ‘unabashedly sincere’ and ‘always with a genuine sense of beauty.’
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.