Auckland based chamber group NZTrio invited entries for the inaugural NZTrio Composing Competition from university composition students around New Zealand at the start of 2015. The winning works were performed by NZTrio in a ‘Winners’ Concerts at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and at the School of Music at the University of Auckland in October. SOUNZ was there to film the Wellington concert.
Together with composer Kenneth Young, NZTrio selected the winners based on the strength and originality of the scores, as well as considering how authentically and meaningfully each composer responded to the brief to ‘write a new work for Piano Trio that references, or responds to, Douglas Lilburn‘s life and work’.
The ten winning works were:
Alex van den Broek (University of Canterbury) – View from Mt Peel
Josiah Carr (University of Auckland) – still: waiting
Trevor Coleman (Otago University) – Lilburn Blue
Glen Downie (NZSM) – Extrapolation
Matthew Everingham (University of Canterbury) – A Search for a Language
Reuben Jelleyman (NZSM) – Analysis/Synthesis
Zac Johns (University of Auckland) – Snap
Jeremy Mayall (Waikato University) – Fourteen moments for three
Caitlin Morris (NZSM) – The Song of Cloudy Bay/Te Koko-o-Kupe
Isaac Shatford (Otago University) – Aeroplanes Over Aotearoa
The full concert can be streamed below.
A documentary about the project can be viewed below.