Australian pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings’ love affair with the piano began in a rather concealed manner. As a child she would secret herself away with only the family piano for company – quietly developing her ruminative, dreamy style which would later become her trademark. Although initially reserved about her music and the notion of live performance, it wasn’t until releasing her debut album Becalmed that Sophie was nudged into the public arena.
Since then, she’s been twice nominated for the Australian Music Prize, received glowing praise from MOJO to The Guardian, been National Live Music Awards’ top five live instrumentalists of the year, and released eight studio albums of critical acclaim with Scattered On The Wind being her debut on Mercury KX.
An avid surfer and deep lover of the outdoors, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and the expansive landscape of her native Australia. She’s known for compositions that sway from the disarmingly spare and elegant to the romantic and epic – all expressing a distinct, exquisite fragility and intimacy.
Sought after as a composer and pianist, Sophie has been involved with a number of films (most recently Baby Teeth and True Spirit), toured internationally through Japan and Europe, and opened for artists such as Olafur Arnalds, Hauschka, Federico Albanese, Lambert.
“an intimate, contemplative quality; sometimes melancholic, often with an exhilarating beauty.” – The Guardian
“Calm in a maddening world” – CLASH
“stirring, vigorous, grandly melodic” – MOJO
“Sophie Hutchings doesn’t just play the piano, she flows with the notes” – A Closer Listen
“I think a lot of the natural environment I spend time in subconsciously filters into my compositional style but it’s also digging deep into my own sensibility that this music naturally unveils itself. Music is a unique form of communication and taps into our own thoughts and feelings’. – Sophie Hutchings