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BIO

Abigail Lui (b. 2003) is a Brisbane-based composer and violinist inspired by the stories we tell to make sense of the world. A recipient of ABC Classic’s 2024 Composer Commissioning Fund, she was awarded the Adelaide Chamber Music School’s 2022 Composition Prize for her string quartet Sunrise, and is a 2024 Australian Youth Orchestra Composition Participant, 2023 Composer Fellow with Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO), 2022-23 Mentee in Topology’s Launchpad Mentorship Program, and Choral Composition Fellow of the Singapore choir Vox Camerata’s 2022-23 Choral Collective Residency Programme. In 2023, her orchestral works To the New Day, Myora and Three Park Songs were workshopped and performed by QYO ensembles. In 2022, she was commissioned by Voices of Birralee to write Sandcastles for the Queensland Day in Song Festival and wrote and performed film music for The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. In 2020, her choral work Hope, written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was premiered virtually by Vocal Australia. Abigail is in her fourth year at the University of Queensland, studying composition with Dr Robert Davidson and violin performance with Courtenay Cleary, and previously Adam Chalabi. Other composition mentors include Paul Dean, Lachlan Skipworth, Cameron Patrick, Nicole Murphy, Anne Cawrse, Corrina Bonshek, and Erik Griswold.



chamber works

Below you will find a selection of my chamber works. To purchase a score, request further information
or to commission a new chamber work, please message me via the contact page.

WHERE LAND AND SKY MEET

For soprano saxophone, violin, viola, double bass, and piano.
Approximate duration: 6.5 minutes
Where Land and Sky Meet was composed for Brisbane-based quintet Topology's Queensland Stories Series, as part of their 2023 Launchpad Mentorship Program. The piece was inspired by a trip with friends through Western Queensland (Longreach and Winton area), and the way the road seemed to stretch out forever and ever under a vividly blue sky. I wrote this line in a journal as we travelled, and it came to form the basis for this piece of new music:"On it stretched, the line where the land and the sky met, so far away that it seemed as if it
found its beginning where the world ended."
Full performance by Topology here.
Purchase the score.

SUNRISE

For string quartet (string orchestra version also available)
Bowed parts available on request - get in touch here.
Wind quartet version available soon!Approximate duration: 7 minutesSunrise, originally composed for string quartet, was inspired by a high school camping trip, where my friends and I would wake early each morning to watch the sun rise together. The three movements, which can also be performed as standalone works, draw on different aspects of the sights, sounds and feelings of those early mornings together in the Mary Valley. "Rustlings" describes the window of time just before dawn, which (surprisingly, to me) was not silent, but filled with life – with birdcalls and the noise of a waking world. "Dawn" imagines the hazy, misty growing of first light on the horizon. Finally, "Daybreak" captures the brilliance and joy of sunrise, with all the hope that comes with a new day.Full performance by Sketch Quartet here.Purchase the score.

PIANO TRIO NO. 1

Approximate duration: 15 minutes
Movements 1 and 2 performed below by myself, Emily Winter, and Alexandra Mison. Full performance available soon.
Purchase the score.


orchestral works

Below you will find a selection of my orchestral works. To purchase a score, request further information,
or to commission a new orchestral work, please message me via the contact page.

AERIAL DANCES

For chamber sinfonietta (single winds and brass, chamber strings)
Approximate duration: 8 minutes
Composed for Australian Youth Orchestras' 2024 National Music Camp Composition Program, premiered by NMC instrumental tutors on Jan 19th 2024 in Elder Hall, Adelaide.
Scorefollower video and score available soon.

MYORA

For symphony orchestra (double winds)
Approximate duration: 10 minutes
This symphonic poem was inspired by a school biology trip with friends to Myora Springs on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Queensland, Australia. I was so amazed by the beauty of the place, with low-set mangroves emerging out of clear brackish water teeming with life, and I remember scribbling down the rippling figures heard in the violins and flutes on the bus back, in between revising my field notes of course! Those ideas were filed away until I began university, during which Queensland Youth Orchestras generously commissioned me to write several orchestral works for their ensembles. This is one of them.
Full performance by Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 here.
Purchase the score.

TO THE NEW DAY

For symphony orchestra (double winds)
Approximate duration: 9.5 minutes
info about the piece - commission history, premiere, inspiration.
Commissioned for Queensland Youth Symphony as part of their 2023 Young Composer Program. Contact me about programming the piece here.

THREE PARK PIECES

For string orchestra
Bowed parts available on request - get in touch here.
Approximate duration: 9.5 minutesThree Park Pieces explores the discovery and fun of playing in the nearby park with my brother when we were very small.  Each of the suite's short pieces are based around a game or memory:  "Potions" is based on jumping through puddles and mixing leaves together to make messy 'potions,' "Tadpoles" recalls tadpole watching under the bridge with my family in the drizzling rain, and "Hilltop" imagines racing down the park's steep hill on scooters with my friends.The work was first commissioned and premiered in full by Junior String Ensemble 1 of Queensland Youth Orchestras. However, each of the pieces can certainly be performed individually, or the order reshuffled at the conductor's discretion!Premiere performance by Junior String Ensemble 1 here.
Purchase the score.


choral works

Below you will find a selection of my choral works. To request further information or to commission a new choral work,
please message me via the contact page.

THE MOON

For SATB choir
Approximate duration: 3 minutes
The Moon explores ideas of place, longing, and beauty. I wrote the text after a late night at university, unwinding with a close friend after a performance. It was quite enchanting standing together, watching the full moon's light paint the normally busy streets in a quiet glow, and I sought to express that sense of wonderment in this piece.Live performance by Lumens Chamber Choir.
Score coming soon!

SANDCASTLES

For SA choir and piano
Approximate duration: 4 minutes
Sandcastles was inspired by trips to the Gold Coast as a family, where my brother and I would make sandcastles and tell stories to each other. The piece grew out of that love for imagination, and for stories that grow to be larger than life.
Purchase through Singscore here.
Live performance by Birralee Singers here.

LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND SING

For SSA choir, piano, and djembe
Approximate duration: 2.5 minutes
An energetic and rousing song about speaking out and letting your voice be heard. This piece was written for the Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s International Women’s Day Concert in 2020. The live recording is generously provided by their Chamber Singers group. A great piece to perform as a finale!
Purchase through Singscore here.
Live performance by Brisbane Girls Grammar School's Chamber Singers.

AFTER NIGHT FALLS

For SSA choir, piano, and djembe
Approximate duration: 2.5 minutes
A beautiful poem and a beautiful setting for treble voices, this song describes the hope which can come with the dawning of the new day, despite the darkest night. Hear the live performance below, courtesy of Brisbane Girls Grammar School Chamber Singers.
Purchase through Singscore here.
Live performance by Brisbane Girls Grammar School's Chamber Singers.


Film Music

Below you will find a selection of my film music. To request further information or to collaborate on a film project,
please message me via the contact page.

EXCERPTS FROM NOSFERATU

For chamber sinfonietta
Approximate duration: 12.5 minutes
info about the piece - commission history, premiere, inspiration.
Full performance video coming soon.


contact

Whether it's programming my music, discussing a commission or collaboration,
or just saying hello, I'd love to hear from you!