Andrée Greenwell is a multi-award winning composer, songwriter and performer, who works across the Australian performing arts, screen and radio. Her catalogue of over 100 scores includes credits for Australia’s leading performing arts organisations including Sydney Theatre Company, Symphony Australia, Australian Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir and Queensland Music Festival.
Her work crosses boundaries - drawing from art music, particularly post-minimalism, as well as popular music subcultures and the cinematic score.
Her ground breaking chamber opera Sweet Death was commissioned by Melbourne Festival, produced by Chamber Made Opera in 1991, and broadcast on the ABC.
As Artistic Director and Composer of Green Room Music (GRM), Andrée Greenwell is a leading force in the creation of independent music theatre, chamber opera and multidisciplinary works in Australia. Here, she has championed many Australian women writers.
Her major works include Dreaming Transportation, The Hanging of Jean Lee, Laquiem: Tales From the Mourning of the Lac Women, The Villainelles and Gothic, which have variously been presented at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Performance Space at Carriageworks, Riverside Parramatta, Arts House and the Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Andrée's acclaimed experimental concept album/podcast Listen to Me in response to the crisis of violence against women, involving 8 Australian writers and 12 musicians, was broadcast on FBi's 'All the Best' in July 2018. Her groundbreaking short films Medusahead and Laquiem were altogether presented at 23 film festivals worldwide and broadcast in France, Holland and Australia.
Through receipt of a prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship, Andrée commenced the chamber opera Three Marys with a libretto by Dr Christine Evans. Sydney Opera House presented the premier season of Three Marys as part of its Unwrapped program, May 11-13, 2023. It is now streaming here on the Sydney Opera House website as part of 50:50, fifty films celebrating the iconic building.
Recently Andrée composed and sound designed the score to John Janson-Moore's film installation Contact Trace, which won best experimental film at the Solaris Film Festival, Nice, 2022.
Select awards and achievements
Awarded the 2017 Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship, for works to be made in 2018-19;
Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow, UoW, 2015;
Green Room Award 'Best Score' for Venus and Adonis, 2008 (Bell Shakespeare/Malthouse);
Best Post-Graduate Composition, Fellowship of Australian Composers, 2006;
Australian Postgraduate Award 2004-6;
NSW Women in Arts Fellowship 2003;
AETT traveling scholar 2002;
Artist residency, Chateau de La Napoule, France, 2002.
As delegate/panelist: ISCM World Music Days 2000; Visionlines, Aarhus, 1998; ITI Music Theatre Workshop, Munich, 2004; Board and Programming Committee Member, 2nd Women Composers Festival, Malthouse, Melbourne, 1993.
Photographs by Katerina Stratos