Young composers selected for prestigious NZSO competition

New Zealand’s top young composers will gather in Wellington for the annual NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composers Award workshops this November/December.

Eight students from Auckland and Wellington wereSalina Fisher Todd 2014 330x247 selected from a total of 31 applicants from around New Zealand for the annual event which this year celebrates its 12th anniversary.

Entries were assessed and judged by a panel of established New Zealand musicians, including NZSO Section Principal Harp Carolyn Mills, NZSO Section Principal Percussion Lenny Sakofsky and conductor Kenneth Young. The 2016 NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composers Award will take place in Wellington over three days from Tuesday 29 November – Thursday 1 December.

The successful applicants are:

Louisa Nicklin – Kingsland, Auckland

Daniel Sun – Northland, Wellington

Josiah Carr – Glendene, Auckland

Jay Greenberg – Auckland City, Auckland

Brandon Skelton – Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa, Auckland

Evangelina Telfar – Lyall Bay, Wellington

Eleanore Chen – Epsom, Auckland

Reuben Jelleyman – Te Atatu South, Auckland

The NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composers Award provides a unique opportunity for young composers to be mentored by, and work with, esteemed New Zealand composers, conductors, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The highlight for each participant is to have their composition workshopped, rehearsed, and performed by New Zealand’s national orchestra and recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert.

This year, participants will be mentored by New Zealand composer Michael Williams. Williams is one of New Zealand’s leading composers and the Senior Lecturer in Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Waikato. The NZSO will be conducted by New Zealander Kenneth Young.

At the end of the three-day programme, one composer will be awarded a cash prize of $750 and named the NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composer of the Year. The award is only open to young composers up to the age of 25.

This unique opportunity is generously funded by the TODD Corporation. The NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composers Award programme has assisted many developing composers to further their careers.


For further information, images, or interviews please contact:

Janina Hanify | Media & Communications Advisor
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa
M +64 275 745 294

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