Fiona Joy Hawkins is a New Age composer and pianist whose music crosses genres from classical to world fusion. She has won the 2008 MusicOz winner for Best Jazz or Classical Artist, Best Piano NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2006 and Best Dance Dub/Club 2008, and has been a finalist in over 32 Indie Artist Awards across 9 countries. Her latest album, BLUE DREAM, received the highest ever ranking in the history of the New Age Reporter International Radio Charts, debuting at #1. Her musical influences include George Winston, Michael Nyman, Chopin and Mendelssohn, but she also admits to being a “bit of a folkie” in her free time.
Classically trained as a pianist, Fiona's music is thematic and melodic. With a keen eye on film she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images and emotions and tells a story.
Fiona first began playing and writing music as a child and cites Ravel's Bolero as a very early influence. "I played this over and over and deconstructed every part, I absolutely loved it," said Fiona. Other musical influences include: George Winston, Michael Nyman, Chopin and Mendelssohn.
Fiona's home was also filled with the sound of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. "My father played Jesus in the Tamworth Musical Society production of Jesus Christ Superstar so Andrew Lloyd Webber's music was always in our home."
In addition to composing Fiona is also a prolific painter who has been exhibiting since 1997. Fiona incorporates original manuscripts of her music on the canvas to create bold colourful mixed media abstracts so you can hear and see her music.
"The idea of synchronicity has always intrigued me, colours, ideas and emotions all have corresponding sounds," said Fiona. "I believe in the power of music as a source of inspiration and a way of reaching people, and I can transfer a musical quality through my art to the canvas."
In addition to her four albums Fiona has released three albums specifically for the burgeoning itunes market: Music for Funerals, Music For Weddings and Music For Sex.
"I started to notice that specific tracks kept getting downloaded, in particular Ciney's Theme (Wedding March) and realized that people are after purposeful music whether this is for a wedding or funeral. The albums are doing extremely well and Ciney's Theme is now my #1 downloaded itunes track."
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