Kitty Xiao is an Australian composer, sound artist and pianist based in New York. Kitty's works are interested in the human psyche, contemporary culture and indescribable spaces. Her music is fascinated by the materiality of sound and often combines new and traditional instrumental practices with synthesis and the natural world.
Kitty is founder, composer and pianist of Nimbus Trio and released her first album Novum in 2016 as a represented artist of Move Records label. In 2017 Kitty formed the Six Piano Collective and is Artistic Director of the Six Piano Project. The same year she launched a new concert series NoiseSense. Kitty is currently completing a Master of Music (Composition) at the Eastman School of Music as a graduate award recipient, studying composition with Robert Morris and David Liptak, and piano with Tony Caramia. She is the current recipient of the 2019 Howard Hanson Large Ensemble Prize and is a Teaching Assistant at the Eastman Audio Research Studio.
Kitty’s works have been performed in Australia, Europe and the United States. Recent performances include the Sarasota Orchestra and Switch~ Ensemble. Upcoming commissions include OSSIA New Music (US), line upon line percussion (US), Panoramic Voices (US) and Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (US). Past commissions include Arts Centre Melbourne’s 5x5x5 (AU), Ascension Arts Festival (US), Plexus (AU), Australian Art Orchestra’s CMI (AU), Elysium Dance (UK), Brighton Fashion Week (UK), Six Piano Project (AU), Nimbus Trio (AU), Tilde New Music Festival (AU), Gamelan DanAnda (AU), the Augmented Trumpet (AU), Clan Analogue (AU) ; her work being featured on their recent album Coordinates. She was nominated for Best Original Score by 2019 Olympus Film Festival in Los Angeles for her work on short film Solus.
Her works have been part of the Image/Sound Festival (US), line upon line percussion Winter Composer Festival (US), Ascension Arts Festival (US), Adelaide Fringe (AU), Melbourne Festival (AU), Mapping Melbourne Festival (AU), performed at Hatch Recital Hall (US), Kilbourn Hall (US), Holley Hall (US), The Museum of Human Achievement (US), The Blanton Museum of Art (US), Deakin Edge (AU), Melbourne Recital Centre (AU), Elder Hall University of Adelaide (AU), Royal Naval College (UK), and featured on Limelight, Cut Common, Rehearsal Magazine, Making Waves New Music, 3MBS, ABC Classic FM, PBS (AU); Herald Tribune, SRQ Magazine, KUTX 98.9 (US) and WSLR-LP 96.5 (US).
Kitty is resident composer of 2020 line upon line percussion (US), 2019 American Composer’s Orchestra Earshot program (US), 2019 Yarn/Wire Institute (US). Past residencies include 2017 Tilde New Music Academy (AU), 2016 Keep Composer’s Weird in Austin (US), and 2016 Australian Art Orchestra CMI (AU). Kitty holds a Master of Music (Performance) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London as a full recipient of the Alfred Kitchin Scholarship, Master of Teaching (Music Education) from The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Music from The University of Melbourne and was a scholarship recipient at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
Kitty's music is represented by the Australian Music Centre.