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SOUNZ Contemporary Award

The SOUNZ Contemporary Award, presented in collaboration with APRA AMCOS NZ, has been awarded since 1998, recognising New Zealand compositions that demonstrate outstanding levels of creativity and inspiration.

Composers who are members of APRA are annually invited to enter up to two works which have been premiered in the previous year. Pieces may have been premiered publicly, recorded for radio broadcast or by a recognised recording label for distribution, or performed by a professional orchestra in a professional development situation. SOUNZ may in its absolute discretion accept an entry outside the eligibility period because of special circumstances. For example when a composition is completed and professionally recorded but not made available for reasons beyond the composer’s control this may qualify as a special circumstance.

The works can be for solo, chamber, ensemble, choral, opera, orchestral, electro-acoustic or any combination of these.

SOUNZ Centre for NZ Music convenes a jury to select three finalists whose entry shows outstanding compositional excellence and inspiration.

The award, consisting of a trophy and cash prize (currently $3,000), is presented each year at the APRA Silver Scroll awards ceremony. The trophy for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award has been designed and made by Auckland sculptor Sarah Smuts Kennedy and depicts a bronze fern frond mounted on a shaped oak and ebony base.


Winners and finalists of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award

2016 Winner: Salina Fisher: Rainphase
Kenneth Young: Piano Trio & Chris Cree Brown: Viola Concerto

2015 Winner: Chris Watson: sing songs self
Reuben Jelleyman: Expanse & Ross Harris: Piano Quintet

2014 Winner: Michael Norris: Inner Phases
Leonie Holmes: Aquae Sulis & Celeste Oram: macropsia

2013 Winner: Karlo Margetić: Lightbox
Michael Norris: TIMEDANCE & Chris Gendall: Triple Concerto

2012 Winner: Alex Taylor: [inner]
Kenneth Young: Four Questions, No Answers & Michael Williams: The Juniper Passion

2011 Winner: Lyell Cresswell: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Chris Gendall: Gravitas & Samuel Holloway: Sillage

2010 Winner: Chris Cree Brown: Inner Bellow
Chris Gendall: Rudiments & Ross Harris: Violin Concerto No.1

2009 Winner: Ross Harris: Symphony No. 3
Michael Norris: Volti & Jack Body: My Name is Mok Bhon

2008 Winner: Chris Gendall: Wax Lyrical
Chris Cree Brown: Remote Presence & Peter Scholes: Requiem Concerto

2007 Winner: Eve de Castro-Robinson: These arms to hold you
Christopher Blake: Angel at Ahipara & Ross Harris: The Sleep of Reason...

2006 Winner: Ross Harris: Symphony No. 2
Eve de Castro-Robinson: Releasing the Angel & Dylan Lardelli: Tumbu

2005 Winner: Ross Harris: Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra
Kenneth Young: Symphony No.2 & Jeroen Speak: Gu ta

2004 Winner: John Psathas: Three Psalms
Michael Norris: Rays of the Sun, Shards of the Moon, John Cousins: Say, & Ross Harris: A the Edge of Silence

2003 Winner: Gillian Whitehead: Alice
Ross Harris: Chaconne for Solo Viola, Craig Utting: Cirrus, & Chris Cree Brown: Icescape

2002 Winner: John Psathas: View from Olympus
Chris Cree Brown: Memories Apart & John Rimmer: Europa

2001 Winner: Gillian Whitehead: the improbable ordered dance
Anthony Ritchie: Piano Trio, Philip Brownlee: Sinew/Synapse, & Jordan Reyne: The Long Goodbye

2000 Winner: Ross Harris: To the Memory of I.S. Totzka
Lyell Cresswell: Oh Whirlwind Underground & Anthony Ritchie: Symphony No.2 - The Widening Gyre

1999 Winner: Gillian Whitehead: Outrageous Fortune
Helen Bowater: Banshee & Brigid Ursual Bisley: Come Back Safely

1998 Winner: Eve De Castro-Robinson: Chaos of Delight III
Anthony Ritchie: Revelations Dorothy Buchanan: The Woman at the Store