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We’re delighted to announce our 2017 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composers in Residence – Celeste Oram and Reuben Jelleyman.

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Celeste Oram is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan, learned to walk and talk in London, and grew up in Auckland. Exploring new media for scores and new strategies for notation, Celeste’s recent practice involves video scores, audio scores, and web installations. Her works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Song Company (Sydney), the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta, wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the Sydney Piano Trio, the Karlheinz Company and the Intrepid Music Project (Auckland). She was the Auckland Philharmonia’s young composer-in-residence for 2013-14; her commissioned orchestral work ‘macropsia’ was selected as a finalist in the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for excellence in New Zealand contemporary composition. Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego, studying with Rand Steiger. She completed a BMusBA with first-class Honours at the University of Auckland in 2012, studying with Eve de Castro-Robinson and John Elmsly.

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Reuben Jelleyman (1993), currently based in Wellington, New Zealand, is a graduate in physics from the University of Victoria, with additional studies in sonic art at the New Zealand School of Music. His music stretches between contemporary aesthetics and historic practices, and focuses on construction. Recent works include various chamber, solo and orchestral works, as well as multimedia installation works. The composer has had music played by Avanti! (Finland), Intrepid Music (Akl), the NZSO, NZTrio, and ACL (Singapore). He has played percussion with the major NZ youth orchestras, as well as at numerous festivals as an improvisor and electronic artist. Jelleyman was a finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2015), placed first in the NZSM Composers Competition (2015) and co-winner of the inaugural NZTrio Composing Competition (2015). (Source: Reuben Jelleyman (SOUNZ))