Eve Klein - ACademic bio

This is contemporary music at its most relevant – it is simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great.
— Melonie Bayl-Smith, Cyclic Defrost, Issue 31

Dr Eve Klein is an award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic. She designs large-scale, immersive art music experiences for festivals. Klein’s music has been described as: “contemporary music at its most relevant – simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great” (Cyclic Defrost). Drawing together traditional and experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and electronica, Klein pushes the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art music forms. She holds a PhD in Music and Sound and is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Popular Music in the School of Music, University of Queensland. Klein is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. 

Klein is currently leading a VR/AR music research cluster at the University of Queensland where she is guiding postgraduate composers on the creation of virtual reality and augmented reality concert works and operas. Other research explores human computer interaction design and its impact on music performance and composition; classical music recording practices; environmental sound recording; and technology-enabled performance. Her article ‘Performing Nostalgia on Record: How Virtual Orchestras and YouTube Ensembles Have Problematised Classical Music’ was awarded the International Association for the Study of Popular Music 2016 Open Publication Prize for Australia and New Zealand. Previous research has explored contemporary opera composition, femininity and vocality in Australian country music, DIY CD production in Australian music subcultures, and the role of music-making in the Maltese-Australian community. Eve is currently a peer reviewer for IASPM International, Musicology Australia, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Klein’s artistic work has featured at international festivals and venues including MONA FOMA, VIVID Sydney, Brisbane Festival, Salisbury Cathedral, Underbelly Arts, the Melbourne Arts Centre and New York University. Klein's recordings have been released on Wood and Wire, New Weird Australia, and Feral Media. As a mezzo soprano she has appeared as a principal artist with Opera Australia and Pacific Opera. Klein is known for her electronic opera The Pomegranate Cycle which asks its audience to comprehend how women heal from violence. The album version has been downloaded over 60,000 times since its release and was a finalist for Vocal Work of the Year in the 2014 Australian Art Music Awards.


Klein's recent artwork explores the intersection of the body, technology, mass datasets and social justice. An example is Counting 2015, a multimedia work using crowdsourced video and collaboratively curated datasets to highlight the affective quality of numbers in online social justice campaigns. This work asked Facebook participants to reflect upon the human consequences of numbers they encounter online. In this way the composer acts as curator of a discussion in online communities, where participants are both audience members and performer-collaborators. 


Klein collaborates with festivals, scientists, artists and researchers to develop cross-disciplinary performance experiences. Klein's work Vocal Womb is an example of this practice, being the first work of its kind to deploy laryngoscopy during real time performances for a live audience. Vocal Womb allows its audience to explore the relationship between voice, identity and power by stepping into, and directly manipulating, the voice of another. The premier was called the “#1 coolest thing at MOFO 2018…” (Timeout Melbourne) and “One of the must-see music/art works of the 2018 festival… a deeply considered engagement with the history and traditions of opera” (The Conversation). 

Photo by Ravi Glasser-Vora.

Photo by Ravi Glasser-Vora.