Hannah Reardon-Smith


(Australia/Belgium) is flutist, conductor, and co-artistic director of Australian ensemble Kupka’s Piano. She is heavily involved with the creation of new music by emerging Australian, Asian, American, and European composers, and with cross-continental performances and exchanges of these works. In addition, she is a keen improviser and composer, and a founding member of improvisation trio Rogue Three (Brisbane/Melbourne: flute/s, trombone, and recorder/s), quintet The Flannelettes (Brisbane: voice, flute/s, saxophone, trombone, and double bass), and newly formed duo Richard and Linda (flute/s, electric guitar, and live electronics) with her partner Liam Flenady.

Hannah has performed in international festivals including ManiFESTE (Paris), IMD (Darmstadt, DE), SPOR (Aarhus, DK), Kunstenfestival des Arts (Brussels), BIFEM (Bendigo, AU), Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth), and the Queensland Music Festival (Brisbane).

Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, exploring the work of several women who practice non-idiomatic improvisation. She previously completed an Advanced Master in Contemporary Music Performance at the School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium (2014-2016), under the mentorship of ensemble ICTUS and flutists Mike Schmid (ICTUS) and Helen Bledsoe (musikFabrik), where she undertook a detailed study of Richard Barrett’s codex scores for improvising ensembles.

Recipient of the 2010 James Carson Flute Prize, Hannah is a casual performing member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and freelances as a writer, performer, yoga teacher, and disability support worker.


Image by Jai Farrell and Inkahoots for Kupka’s Piano.