NZTrio Composing Competition
In 2015 we kicked off our first Composing Competition for tertiary students, culminating in Auckland and Wellington performances of the winning 10 compositions. The 13-minute documentary below (filmed and edited by Chris Watson at SOUNZ) presents an overview of how the competition came about, the process involved, and why Douglas Lilburn was chosen as the inspiration for this first competition.
Scroll down to find out more about the 2017 competition, now underway, titled Turn a Phrase – where composition students were tasked with finding inspiration from New Zealand literature of any kind to create a new work under 10 mins long.
Video from 2015 NZTrio Composing Competition
NZTrio Composing Competition 2017: TURN A PHRASE
A total of 23 scores were submitted from around the country to our second NZTrio Composing Competition. We were impressed with the overall standard and variety of voices within the entries, and it was very clear that much thought had gone in to the selection of words by a wide range of New Zealand authors and poets. It was exciting to see those words and imagery given new context through each composer’s distinct musical language.
Our warm congratulations go to all the composers who submitted scores, and our sincere thanks go to the teachers and mentors.
Following two full and rewarding days of playing through the scores, we have chosen 17 entries to progress to the workshop rounds later this month and in August.
Workshop dates are:
· Friday 28th July, University of Auckland (Auckland and Waikato students)
· Monday 31st July, University of Canterbury (Canterbury and Otago students)
· Wednesday 2nd August, NZSM Victoria University (Wellington students)
We now have our work cut out for us in preparing the selected compositions for the workshops. We’re looking forward to meeting the people behind the notes, and to sharing our thoughts while working together with those composers in the workshop sessions.
Following these workshops the selected composers will have the opportunity to revise their works (should they wish) for resubmission by Monday 4th September. The finalists, chosen by NZTrio and composer Juliet Palmer, will be announced on Monday 18th September for performances in Wellington and Auckland in October 2017.
Public performances of finalist works:
Sunday, October 15 – Wellington NZSM Adam Concert Room, 5 – 7pm
Friday, October 20 – Auckland School of Music, 7.30 – 9.30pm
FREE EVENTS – General Admission
Our hearty congratulations go to these 17 entries listed below, that progress to the workshop stage.
See you all soon!
Ashley, Sarah and Miranda*
(*Miranda Adams, guest violinist for the NZTrio 2017 Composing Competition)
Workshop Score Selection:
· Nathaniel Otley – Red Herring
University of Canterbury
· Robert Bryce – Intimate Horizon
· Rosa Elliott – Voices of Air
· Amelia Hill – Shy
University of Auckland
· Josiah Carr – time and glue
· Leo Jaffrey – Pastures
· Lily James – Charcoal on White Snow
· Richard Francis – Reflections
· Richard Paull – Bonds
· Riley Cahill – Territory of the Heart
· Rueben Rameka – No Ordinary Sun
· Tim Carter – Silkworm
· Xu Tang- One Two Three
· Abby Pinkerton – Whispers and Echoes
· Dana Buchanan – Tō Mātou Whenua
Te KōKī New Zealand School of Music
· Callum Mallett – Departure, at the going tide
· Marcus Jackson – When Where
NZTrio Composing Competition 2015: Celebrating Lilburn
In 2015 we kicked off our first Composing Competition for tertiary students, culminating in Auckland and Wellington performances of the winning 10 compositions. The 13-minute documentary above (filmed and edited by Chris Watson at SOUNZ) presents an overview of how the competition came about, the process involved, and why Douglas Lilburn was chosen as the inspiration for this first competition.
41 scores were submitted from composition students around the country, all responding to the brief: Write a new work for Piano Trio that references, or responds to, Douglas Lilburn’s life and work. 18 compositions were selected by NZTrio for workshops, then following revision and resubmission, 10 works were chosen by NZTrio and composer Ken Young to be performed in the Winner’s Concerts in Auckland and Wellington.
NZTrio Composing Competition 2015 Winners
Click on each winner to watch NZTrio’s Wellington performance of their work, or click the link at the bottom to watch the full unedited concert.
All Video filmed and edited by Chris Watson from SOUNZ, and sound-recorded by NZSM.