Kitty Xiao

Kitty Xiao is a New York based composer, electronic musician and pianist from Naarm/Melbourne. Central to her aesthetic is a search for unity in contemporary culture, human psyche, art and machine. Her music moves between the world of concert music to performing as an artist of experimental noise and techno. Her music involves electro-acoustic and acoustic compositions, and live modular sets which explore the relationship between sound and physical embodiment.

Her music is represented by the Australian Music Centre and she is the recipient of the 2022 APRA Professional Development Award (AU), 2021 Sounds Australia Export Stimulus Program (AU), 2020 Belle S. Gitelman Award (US), 2019 Howard Hanson Large Ensemble Prize (US) and is an Alfred Kitchin scholar (UK). She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Music Composition at Columbia University, studying composition with George Lewis and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Selected and upcoming performances of her work include: Ensemble Modern (GER), Darmstädter Ferienkurse (GER), Château d’Orquevaux (FR), Mivos Quartet (US), Sarasota Orchestra (US), Switch~ Ensemble (US), OSSIA New Music (US), line upon line percussion (US), Transient Canvas (US), Panoramic Voices (US), Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (US), Frequency Shift (US), Modular World (US), Slow Rise Music (CAN), Modulate TV (UK), Clan Analogue (AU), Australian National Academy of Music (AU), Arts Centre Melbourne (AU).

Kitty holds a Master of Music (Composition) from the Eastman School of Music, Master of Music (Performance) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne.