Rosie Westbrook is a Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer. Classically trained in guitar and double bass, Rosie has played in orchestras, chamber ensembles, theatrical productions and with numerous contemporary music artists, both within Australia and internationally.
Most recently, she has performed with Mick Harvey (ex-Nick Cave &
the Bad Seeds; PJ Harvey), Sean Kelly (Models), Clare Moore &
Kaye-Louise Patterson (The Dames) and Rob Snarski (Black-Eyed Susans), to name a few.
Rosie is currently performing in a duo collaboration with John Phillips, guitarist of legendary Australian band Not Drowning, Waving. Rosie has released two solo CDs of her compositions: Wave in 2003 and Big As The Ocean in 2007. Both received critical acclaim and established Rosie's compositional style of intensely emotional and cinematic music, featuring the bowed double bass.
As a composer for film and television, Rosie has produced soundtracks for a number of documentary films profiling Australian artists including Lindy Lee, Del Kathryn Barton, Jon Cattapan, Reg Mombassa and Patricia Piccinini. In 2014, Rosie wrote the music for The Nice House, a short film about Rosie Batty, followed by the soundtrack for short film The Fox in 2016.
In recent years, Rosie has been developing a solo performance practice based on responding to visual art and creating live musical installations
with the guitar and the double bass. This has included installations for exhibitions at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Kaliman Gallery (NSW), Milani Gallery (QLD), University of Queensland Art Museum and a series of commissions to create music for works produced by the Australian Tapestry Workshop, where Rosie is an Artist-in-Residence during 2019.