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Hilary Kleinig

Hilary Kleinig is a multidisciplinary musician who works as a performer, composer, curator, producer and educator. She is passionate about creating new work, collaborating with new artists and inspiring new audiences and producing work that is vital, current and courageous. 


Hilary is cellist with and Artistic Director of Zephyr Quartet and also works in live and recorded performance as a freelance musician for ensembles, orchestras and contemporary music & jazz artists. 


Hilary works as composer, sound designer, performer and musical director for dance and theatre shows and her credits include State Theatre Company of SA’s ‘Gods of Strangers’ (2018), ‘Vale’ (2017) & 'Babyteeth' (2013), Brink Productions’ ‘The Aspirations of Daise Morrow’ (2015) & 'Land & Sea' (2012) and Restless Dance Theatre’s 'Next of Kin' (2010).  She has also been commissioned to write music for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Adelaide Youth Orchestras.

In 2017 her composition ‘Cockatoos’ was selected from a competitive international field to be performed in recital at the inaugural ‘Women in the Creative Arts’ conference 2017 receiving its premiere performance by the acclaimed Muses Trio.  Also in 2017 Hilary was awarded the Arts South Australia Fellowship for her independent research, development and composition project ‘The Lost Art of Listening’ and in 2018 was COMA’s (Creative Original Music Adelaide) Featured Composer.

Most admirable is the fearlessness with which Emily embraces challenge. Indeed, Emily is one of the most dedicated, imaginative and meticulous arts educationalists I have ever met."

Paul Rissmann, Composer (UK)

"Emily has exceptional ability to lead a team of collaborators and to achieve the best possible outcome for the project, no matter what challenges are thrown at her. 

Kobi YamadaAuthor (US)

"Emily has passion and an immense drive which has helped her programs soar to new heights. Emily has a great track record of building up partnerships with community and cultural organisations. She nurtures, encourages and provides support for emerging musicians. Most of all I am impressed by Emily’s vision and ability to develop and deliver that vision into an extremely successful program."

Julian Ferraretto, Jazz Violinist (Au) 

"I admire the ways that Emily has developed strong and promising relationships across the network of arts leaders in other countries, studying their work, borrowing the best of it to build upon. She consistently seeks to break new ground artistically, while positively impacting the lives of all those involved"

Eric Booth, Author/Teaching Artistry Leader (US)​

"Emily has the rare and exceptional ability to combine visionary and strategic thinking with the focussed planning and attention to detail needed to deliver on her vision."

Gill McFadyen, Community Development Consultant (Au) ​


"I don't think I'll ever stop being blown away at the passion, effort and hard work Emily possesses. Her sheer determination has given me a whole new perspective"

Loni Fitzpatrick, AYO Momentum Ensemble (Au)

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