About Professor Anne Boyd

Music Composition, Australian Music

Anne Boyd is one of Australia’s most distinguished composers and music educators. Her research focuses on the influences of landscape and Asian music upon Australian composers. Recent publications include: ‘Landscape, Spirit and Music – An Australian Story’ in The Soundscapes of Australia (ed. Fiona Richards, Ashgate: 2007) and ‘Dreaming Voices: Australia and Japan’ in Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation (ed. Macarthur, Crossman and Morelos, Australian Music Centre: 2006). In 1990, Boyd became the first Australian and the first woman to be appointed Professor of Music at the University of Sydney. Prior to that Boyd was the Foundation Head of the Department of Music at the University of Hong Kong from 1981–90 and taught at the University of Sussex from 1972–77. Professor Boyd’s music is published by Faber Music in London and the University of York Music Press. Two solo CDs of her music are Meditations on a Chinese Character (ABC Classics, 1997) and Crossing a Bridge of Dreams (Tall Poppies, 2000). Her most recently commissioned works include Gate of Water for the ‘Kammer Ensemble’; Angry Earth, a concerto for shakuhachi (Riley Lee) and the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Ex Deo Lux for the 2007 SSO Fellows. Professor Boyd was honoured with an AM in the Order of Australia in 1996 and an HonDUniv from York for her services to composition and music education in 2003. In 2005 she received the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award at the APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards ceremony.

Selected publications

For more information about publications see my academic profile.