Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Assistant Teaching Professor in Music Theory

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Born in Taiwan and raised between New Zealand and Australia, Hsieh’s compositional interest focuses on creating music as an immersive physical experience and she prefers to describe her music in terms of choreography, affective aptitude and resonances in spatial constraints.

She received her doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego, working with Lei Liang and Katharina Rosenberger. Recent commissions include Symphony Services Australia, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Wien Modern, Foundation Royaumont, Red Fish Blue Fish, Quince Ensemble and ELISION Ensemble, among others.

Hsieh’s music has been presented internationally at events such as Beijing Modern Music Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, OzAsia Festival, WasteLAnd Music Series (LA), The National Gallery of Victoria ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition’, Tuesdays at Monk Space (LA), Center for New Music (SF), UC Davis The Art of Migration Festival, Mise-en Festival, Tectonic Festival, ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, SEAMUS, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Opera Memphis Midtown Opera Festival, Eavesdropping Symposium in London, Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music and Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

She has been a recipient of several awards such as the 2017 APRA (Australian Performance Rights Association) Art Music Fund, The Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award, as well as supports from the New Music USA, Australian Cultural Fund, Australian Council of the Arts grants, and a “Woman in Music” scholarship from the Sorel Charitable Organization in New York.

Hsieh’s current research delves into embodied physicality in performance through technological augmentation. Recent projects include Pixercise - a collaboration with UK-based flutist Kathryn Williams that addresses the effects of extreme physical activities and the impact of piccolo performance, The implicit Self - a collaboration with choreographer Veronica Santiago Moniello that examines the symbiotic relationship between movements and sound, and a new work in collaboration with ELISION Ensemble looking into the roles of dominance and suppression of corporeal performance gestures as a musical-social situation.

She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches courses in contemporary music analysis and application, as well as music theory.