Australian composer and teacher Anne Elizabeth Boyd was born in Sydney on 10 April 1946. Growing up in central Queensland, the Australian landscape had a strong influence on her music. At Sydney University she became one of the first students of (and had a close personal relationship with) Peter Sculthorpe, who became another important influence on her output as a composer. She later studied at York University in England.
She taught at Sussex University (1972-77), at Hong Kong University (1981-90) and then became the first Australian and the first woman to becaome a music professor at Sydney University.
Her output as a composer has a strong east Asian influence - particularly of Indonesia and Japan - and often contains a meditative or spiritual element.