Sonya Holowell is an Indigenous Australian vocalist of immense versatility and range, specialising in the performance of new, antique and spontaneous music. Through the use of an extended range of vocal techniques, she presents the most challenging, rarely-performed and often ephemeral compositions for voice.
Sonya has performed at many of the leading national and international classical, contemporary and experimental music festivals as a soloist, ensemble singer and improviser. She has performed with a number of ensembles at the forefront of contemporary music including Ensemble Offspring, Australian Art Orchestra, Decibel, the Splinter Orchestra and Sydney Chamber Opera and has collaborated with many notable Australian and international artists and composers of new music.
In 2014 Sonya was Young Artist with the Song Company, and will be Australia’s first Emerging Artist at Resonant Bodies Festival 2018. She has been invited to present her work in Europe at soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange in Maccagno, Italy, the Improvisation Xchange in Berlin and the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.
Sonya was the 2017 Artist in Residence at the University of New South Wales with her collaborator, designer Elia Bosshard in their duo CACHE in POINT.Their recent production of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices won the Critics Choice Award in this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival.
Her second duo collaboration is the newly-formed partnership holowell with pianist/trumpeter Jonathan Holowell. Their freely improvised performances draw from their interests and experience in classical, jazz, modal, new and experimental genres, and draw strong connections to visual art. Their debut album is due for release in early 2018.
In addition to her work as a performer Sonya has lectured in new music performance and mentors gifted and talented music students.