Australian pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings' love affair with the piano began in a rather concealed manner. As a child she would secret herself away with only the family piano for company — quietly developing her ruminative, unique style which would later become her trademark. Although initially reserved about her music and the notion of live performance, it wasn’t until her debut album Becalmed was released that Sophie was nudged into the public arena.
With two nominations for the Australian Music Prize and the National Live Music Awards' top five live instrumentalists of the year, glowing praise from MOJO, The Guardian, Wonderland and the release of eight highly acclaimed albums including Echoes in the Valley reaching the impressive milestone of becoming the #1 classical album in the UK in 2021, Sophie Hutchings continues her incredible journey with her new album A World Outside, out October 2023.
The eighth studio album is a work of spacious, hypnotic beauty, a musical travelogue inspired by a road trip through Australia's mighty Northern Territory, beginning in tropical Darwin and going deep into the arid Red Heart.
Rich with emotion and feeling, texture and contrast, as propulsive and powerful as it is elegant and intimate, A World Outside is an impressionistic take on a wide brown land.
An avid surfer and deep lover of the outdoors, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and the expansive landscape of her native Australia. She's known for compositions that sway from the disarmingly spare and elegant to the romantic and epic - all expressing a distinct, exquisite fragility and intimacy.
"An intimate, contemplative quality; sometimes melancholic, often with an exhilarating beauty."The Guardian
"Calm in a maddening world."CLASH
"Stirring, vigorous, grandly melodic."MOJO