Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings has been compared with the likes of Max Richter, Dustin O’Halloran and Nils Frahm. Over the years, Sydney-based Sophie has amassed a deeply impressive body of work, releasing four albums to date (Becalmed, Night Sky, White Light, Wide Asleep) and receiving critical praise worldwide. MOJO Magazine declared her work “stirring, vigorous, [and] grandly melodic”, and her debut album Becalmed (Preservation) was listed in their Top 5 Independent releases of 2010. DB Magazine described her music as “frankly amazing…unabashedly sincere”, and her music continues to endure and impress. Sophie’s most recent album, 2016’s Wide Asleep, was listed in the top thirty for The Australian Music Prize, and The Guardian wrote of the album…”her rippling piano has an intimate, contemplative quality…a genuine sense of beauty”.
In addition to a sublime discography, Sophie effortlessly transfers her beautiful studio work to live performance. A consummate performer, Hutchings has appeared in the top five live instrumentalists of the year for the National Live Music Awards, and she has proven to be a striking presence in Australia and Japan, be it solo or accompanied. With her streaming audience stealthily growing and her work gaining attention at a rapid pace, she is finding new fans on new shores – most notably in (modern) classical and ambient areas. Her popularity continues to grow at an exponential rate in the UK, Europe, and in North America, with well-received coverage over many continents, allowing Sophie to reach further with her music than ever before. Sophie’s compositions sway from the disarmingly spare and elegant to the romantic and epic, managing to be both calm and exquisite while at the same time pushing forward. Always in a constant state of motion and creative evolution, her music is breathless and free in spirit. Sophie’s currently preparing for her Spring European Tour. Eloquent and delicate, spacious and yet able to spellbind with its intimacy, Sophie’s music is a discovered treasure. Her piano playing is elegant and heartfelt at all times, choosing to embrace the thrill of the present, with flowering flourishes and a cool touch as sensitive as a halo of light illuminating midnight waters. Yonder releases March 29 on 1631 Recordings and will be available as a digital release, on CD and on vinyl through Hobbledeyhoy Records.
The music of Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings is lucid and deep, overflowing with beauty. Her fifth studio album Yonder takes inspiration from a long journey through a beautiful and largely vacant landscape.