Alies Sluiter

Alies’ credits include composing, performing and producing for feature films, documentaries, television (CNN, BBC, ABC, SBS, Netflix and Foxtel), TVC’s and music, theatre and dance productions. She is also a multi-instrumentalist who has also enjoyed guest lecturing in Film Scoring and Dramaturgy at Central St. Martins University of the Arts (London, UK), Sydney Film School, Flinders University and Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Alies has been the recipient of many awards including a 2016 Australian Academy Award Nomination for Best Score and the 2016 South Australian Screen Award Winner for Best Score for Michelle’s Story. In 2015, Alies was awarded the General Sir John Monash Scholarship, Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarship. She has also received the Dame Joan Sutherland Award, been selected as a composer for the Berlinale Talent Campus (Berlin, Germany) and awarded grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, South Australian Arts Council, Australian Film Commission and the Australian Embassy in Berlin. The production Zero Degrees, which Alies musically directed, received the Helpmann Award (Australia) in 2007 and nominations for the Olivier Award, Critics Circle Award and Time Out Award (UK).

As a composer, musical director and violinist she has performed in over 50 countries and 300 cities at venues and festivals such as Champs des Elysees (Paris, France), London Coliseum (London, UK), The Lincoln Centre (New York), New York City Centre (New York, U.S.A), Sydney Opera House (Australia), Chekhov Festival (Moscow, Russia), The Esplanade (Singapore) and the National Centre for Performing Arts (Beijing, China) among many others. She has collaborated with many of todays leading Artists including: Sidi-Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Lin Hwai-Min, Meryl Tankard, Sylvie Guillem, Nitin Sawhney, Hugh Jackman, Elena Kats-Chernin, David Helfgott, Ray Chen, Faheem Mazhar, Netsayi Chigwendere, Antony Gormley, Kei Ito and the Shaolin Monks of China.

In 2012, Alies released the critically acclaimed Picture Box Orchestra album. The orchestra performed internationally and nationally at festivals including WOMAdelaide, Bellingen Global Carnival, Nannup Music Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Adelaide Festival.

She is a professional member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television, the Australian Screen Composers Guild and is published by Mushroom Music (Aus) and BMG/Chrysalis in all other territories.

“Simply Amazing. One of the highlights of the Festival.” Caught in the Mosh, WOMADelaide review.

“Sluiter has brought together various traditional song cycles (Indigenous, Indian and Italian are the obvious ones) and infused them with modern style and production. The result is, in a word, breath-taking.” DrumMedia.


AWARDS and GRANTS                                                                                                                                                                 

2016 Best Music Score for a Documentary Nomination Australian Academy of Film and Television Awards

2016 Best Screen Composer South Australian Screen Awards

2015 Australia Council for the Arts Cultural General Sir John Monash Award

2014 Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, America Australia Association Award

2013 ArtsSA Recording Grant

2013 Fuse Presents SXSW Travel Award to USA

2012 ArtsSA Recording Grant

2012 ArtsSA Marketing and Promotion Grant

2012 ArtsSA Presentation Grant

2007 Finalist PRS Awards UK MD for Netsayi Chigwendere’s Musical ‘Adjustments’

2006 Australia Council for the Arts International Pathways  Grant

2005 Australia Council of the Arts Buzz Grant

2005 Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, Germany Composer Selection

2005 Australian Embassy Travel Award

2005 Australian Film Commission Travel Award

COMMISSIONS (Film and TV)                                                                                                                                                    

2016 Sugar Mountain U.S. Feature Film Dir. Richard Gray

2016 For the Kids Documentary Dir. Alejandra Canales

2016 The Sparrow Documentary Dir. Miklos Janek

2015 Michelle’s Story ABC Documentary Dir. Meryl Tankard

2014 My Jar TVC Dir. Georgi Banks-Davies

2013 The Lookalike U.S. Feature Film Dir. Richard Gray

2012 Blinder Feature Film Dir. Richard Gray

2012 O2 TVC Dir. Georgi Banks-Davies

2012 Old Jamaican Ginger Beer TVC. Dir. Georgi Banks Davies

2011  Rolex TVC. Dir. Adam Woods

2011  Old Jamaican Ginger Beer TVC. Dir. Georgi Banks-Davies

2011 Mine Games U.S. Feature Film Dir. Richard Gray

2010 Summer Coda Feature Film Dir. Richard Gray

2010 PLAN International TVC. Dir. Adam Woods

2009 Charge Bikes TVC. Dir. Georgi Banks-Davies

2008 Principal Voices: Climate Change, Design for Good and Economics of Energy TV Series (CNN)

2008 Defining Moments TV Series (CNN) Dir. Daniel Glynn

2007 Fish Out of Water Documentary (Foxtel)

2007 Highline Documentary (CNN) Dir. Georgi Banks -Davies

2007 Skewed View TV Series (CNN)

2007 Faber Maunsell Documentary Dir. Daniel Glynn

2007 Sony: Lily Cole Documentary Dir. Daniel Glynn

2006 Australian Film Institute Trailer.  Dir. Richard Gray 2006 Portable Film Festival Trailer Dir. Andrew Apostola


COMPOSER COMMISSIONS (Theatre, Music and Dance)                                                                                                     

2015 Life In Progress Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan, Sadlers Wells Theatre, World tour (UK/France)

2014 Fairfax Festival Swan Hill (NSW)

2014 Eye Music Tutti Ensemble, State Opera (SA)

2014 The Red Pinafore Various People, InSpace Program (SA)

2013 Zephyr Quartet String Quartet Commission

2013 Adelaide Film Festival Composer Series

2012 Restrung Festival Brisbane Powerhouse

2012 The Picture Box Orchestra Album and National Concert tour.

2009 Circa Gauri Sharma Tripathi (India/UK)

2008 ICHI Saiko Kino (Japan)

2008 Moving Roots Gauri Sharma Tripathi (India/UK)

2007 Lost Shadows Cloudgate Theatre (Taiwan)

2005 Aftershock Sage Gateshead (UK)

2004 Aftershock Melbourne International Arts Festival



SHORT FORM FILMOGRAPHY                                                                                                                                                    

2016 Garfield Dir. Georgi Banks Davies

2014 Grillz Dir. Lucy Goldthourpe

2011            Looking For Neil Dir. Georgi Banks Davies

  • Soho Shorts Film Festival – London 2011

2008            Capital Women Dir. Alex Kalymnios

2008            Le Nest Dir. Miklos Janek

2006            Kaleidoscope Dir. Lucy Goldthourpe

2006            Tatterson Dir. Michaela Danby

  • Briagolong Short Film Festival 2009
  • Won Best Student Film Cinegear Expo, Universal Studios California, USA 2008
  • Short Listed. Soho Short Film Fest, London, UK 2008
  • Short Listed Shorts Outback, South Australia 2008
  • Short Listed. Palm Springs International Film Festival California, USA 2007
  • Short Listed. Mill Valley Film Festival

California, USA 2007

  • Short Listed Wow Fest – Sydney  2007

2006 Everything We Are Dir. Mark Robinson

2006 The Return Dir. Mark Robinson

2005 The Sea Dir. Simon Grey

2005 The Sum of Our Parts Prod. David Dutton

2005 The Bridge Dir. George Barbakadze

  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival – 2006

2005 A Silence Full of Things Dir. Alejandra Canales

  • Amsterdam International Documentary Festival – 2006

2005 Viewfinder Dir. Mark Robinson

2004 Bruni Dir. Lucy Goldthourpe

2003 Busting Dir. Frank Lotito

2004 Samurai in the Backseat Dir. Miklos Janek

2003 Yellow Brick Dreams Dir. Richard Gray.

  • Barcelona Student Film Festival 2004




2013 Blinder Soundtrack Album. Released by Majestika Creative (Australia)

2012 The Picture Box Orchestra Album. Published by Mushroom Music/BMG Chrysalis

2008 Summer Coda Soundtrack Album. Released by Liberation Music