Auckland based chamber music ensemble Karlheinz Company‘s concert From Dylan to Xenakis featured New Zealand composers Eve de Castro-Robinson, Lyell Cresswell, John Coulter, and David Grahame Taylor. The works of NZ composers are featured on this page, while the full concert is available to stream in its entirety at the bottom of this page.
Eve de Castro-Robinson has been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of performers, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, with whom she was Composer-in-Residence in 1991, Chamber Music New Zealand, New Zealand String Quartet, NZ Trio, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Nash Ensemble of London and many soloists including Alexander Ivashkin, Jane Manning and Stephen De Pledge. Her output ranges from large orchestral works to vocal, chamber and electroacoustic works, which are performed in NZ and internationally.
In 1986 Pierre Boulez conducted her Interpolations for orchestra in open rehearsal in Wellington. Her Triple Clarinet Concerto was the 1992 NZ entry in the International Rostrum of Composers, Paris and she is twice winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award (for Chaos of Delight III in 1998 and These arms to hold you in 2007) and a finalist in 2006. She is also twice winner of the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music from the University of Otago. She was the first person to graduate DMus in Composition from the University of Auckland in 1991 and is currently Associate-Professor in Composition there.
Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 13 October 1944. He studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. After some teaching at Glasgow University he joined Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, as Music Organiser (1978-80). He returned to Scotland as Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University until 1982 and spent the next three years as Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. In 1978 he won the Ian Whyte Award for the Orchestral work Salm , and in 1979 received the APRA Silver Scroll for his contribution to New Zealand music. His works have been recommended by the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in 1979, 1981 and 1988. Since 1985 he has been a full-time composer based in Edinburgh.
He was artistic director of the Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust’s New Zealand, New Music festivals in Edinburgh (1998 and 2001). In 2001 he received a prestigious Scottish Arts Council ‘Creative Scotland Award’. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary D.Mus degree by Victoria University of Wellington, and the inaugural Elgar Bursary. He was 2006/07 New Zealand School of Music/Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence in Wellington.
Dr John Coulter is a Senior Lecturer, and the Coordinator of Sonic Arts Programmes at the School of Music, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland. As a teacher working in the composition and sonic arts area, he spends much of his time focused on facilitating the needs of the ‘21st-century musician’ – supporting men and women who compose, perform, fabricate, innovate, and make use of technology; who study and research the language of music and sound; and who use their individual and collective heritage as a source of musical inspiration.
John is a member of several international organisations that uphold this holistic approach to music making, and has presented both academic papers and creative works in several countries throughout the world including Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
David Grahame Taylor: Obłoki nad Ferrarą
David Grahame Taylor has enjoyed numerous commissions and performances of his works from ensembles at home and abroad. He has had works recorded and/or performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, YSTCM New Music Ensemble, Karlheinz Company, Nelson Composers Workshops, and has received commissions from Ensemble Gô, Intrepid Music Project, and later this year the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, who has commissioned him to write a new orchestral work in celebrating the Lilburn100 for performance in December 2015.
His music is characterized by “a world of crushed but resilient tonality” (NZ Herald, 2015). His orchestral work Embiosis won the Orchestra Choice Award at the 2013 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Todd Young Composer Awards, while his most travelled work to date, sur/face for marimba and string quartet, has been performed in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. David also remains somewhat active as a performer, having performed as a pianist in student-led orchestras and New Music Ensembles in recent years.
The entire concert can be streamed below.