Judith Hamann

Field of Practice:

Aural & Physical


Solitude fellowship

City, Country:


2020, 2021

Born in Birraranga/Narrm // Melbourne/Australia in 1983.

Judith Hamann is a cellist, performer and composer from Birraranga/Narrm. She lives and works primarily across Australia, North America, and Europe.

She has »long been recognized as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary music cellists« (RealTime Arts). Judith’s performance practice spans various genres, encompassing elements of improvised, contemporary classical, experimental, and popular music. She is focused on »Materialities of Realisation« (a discourse-based project with Charles Curtis), an examination of expressions and manifestations of »shaking« in her solo performance practice, and a collection of new works for cello and humming.

Judith Hamann holds a doctor of musical arts (DMA) from University of California San Diego/USA, majoring in contemporary cello performance (2018). Her original work as a composer/performer has been presented at festivals including Sonic Acts, Amsterdam/The Netherlands (2019), Aural, Mexico City/Mexico (2018) and venues including Constellation, Chicago/USA (2018), Tempo Reale, Florence/Italy (2018) and Cafe Oto, London/UK. She has worked with artists and ensembles including Oren Ambarchi, Dennis Cooper, Sarah Hennies, Mette Henriette, Yvette Janine Jackson, Graham Lambkin, Alvin Lucier, The Necks, Áine O’Dwyer, Stephen O’Malley, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.

Judith Hamann was the winner of the Carolyn Applebaum Endowed Prize on graduating from UC San Diego (2018), and is a current recipient of an APRA Art Music award (2019) to create a new durational work with Anthea Caddy while in residence at EMS in Stockholm/Sweden.

She has performed or composed music published on labels including Saltern, Pogus, Another Timbre, Caduc, Hat Hut, and Marginal Frequency.