Associate Professor Eve Klein

Associate Professor

School of Music
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 54274


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).

Klein is also considered a specialist in tertiary learning design and has developed curriculum for five Australian tertiary institutions. She was the 2017 Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Humanities and Social Sciences Fellow at the University of Queensland investigating best-practice strategies for enhancing epistemic fluency and collaborative learning experiences across the Bachelor of Arts degree. Klein was also the recipient of a Technology Enhanced Learning award for 2016 which enabled her to redesign the music technology program in the University of Queensland School of Music with an employability and creative music making focus. This included founding the Touch Ensemble, a technology-based performance ensemble which upskills classical musicians and music educators by teaching them improvisation, composition and performance skills using tablet, laptop and networked audio devices. Students in this ensemble collaborate with students from Interaction Design Engineering to user test new hardware instruments and performance controllers in development. Klein won the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Program Innovation Award in 2018 for this work.

Research Interests

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Interactive Music Composition and Performance
  • Music Production and Sound Recording Practice
  • Music Interaction Design
  • Contemporary Opera
  • Intersectional Feminist Music Practice


  • Doctor of Philosphy, Qld. UT


  • Klein, Eve and Walton, Jack (2023). Mapping future work skills in the bachelor of arts: findings from an Australian study. Higher Education Research and Development, ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2023.2228218

  • Eve Klein, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Ceridwen Elizabeth Jones, Min Jin Sung and Tarita Botsman (2023). Wombe Heart. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia: Bleach Festival.

  • Klein, Eve (2022). City Symphony. Brisbane, Australia: QMF; Textile Audio; World Science Festival.

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