Holly Harrison is an award-winning Australian composer from Western Sydney. Her music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. She is the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence across 2020 and 2021.
Her music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. She has worked with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australia Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Alarm Will Sound, Nu Deco Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Het Gelders Orkest, and the Australian String Quartet. Eighth Blackbird were awarded Performance of the Year at the 2018 Art Music Awards for their premiere of Holly’s Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup, which they toured as part of Musica Viva’s 2017 International Concert Season.
Holly teaches composition at The King’s School in Sydney and was previously composer in residence at MLC School. She also plays drum kit and percussion in the experimental rock duo Tabua-Harrison.