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Rachael Morgan

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1983

Biography

Rachael Morgan’s compositional interests lie in the nature of sound and timbral nuances.

Recent pieces include a new work for Ensemble Reconsil Wien; from a fixed point commissioned by 175 East; Matahourua, for bass clarinetist Richard Haynes; and lithe turning, black azure for three cellists, premiered by Okta.

In 2008/09 Rachael was the recipient of the Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship, allowing her to further her composition studies in the UK and Europe. She attended Gaudeamus Music Week, Strasbourg Musica, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Darmstadt International Summer School for New Music, where she had lessons with Marco Stroppa, Isabel Mundry, and Misato Mochizuki.

In 2009 Rachael spent six months studying with Fabio Cifariello Ciardi at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia and participated in a two-day composition workshop with Ivan Fedele in Italy.

Her works have been performed in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe by groups including 175East, SMP ensemble, Okta, GateSeven, and renowned soloists. Her music was performed in Lubeck, Germany, as part of the Neue Musik Aus Neuseeland festival and will be part of Ensemble Reconsil’s Exploring the World project in Austria, 2013.

Further pieces have been workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Stroma, and the Nelson Composers Workshop. Concert FM Radio NZ, have broadcast a selection of Rachael’s works and interviewed her for Upbeat’s Postcards Home series.

Rachael completed her BMus in Composition at Waikato University, studying with Martin Lodge and Michael Williams. She then went on to study at Victoria University of Wellington, receiving her MMus (Distinction) under the tutelage of Michael Norris.

Rachael is a member of the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and has written articles for their yearbook Canzona. She contributes reviews for the online arts journal The Lumière Reader and has edited scores for publication by Score and Waiteata Music Press.


Composed (17)

...and yet, not

for flute and cello, 8m


Armannai

for string orchestra, 15m


disconcerted effervescence

for chamber ensemble, 4m


from a fixed point

for chamber sextet, 10m


idiosyncrasies

for B flat clarinet, cello and piano, 7m


Interiors

for string quartet, 8m 30s


Interiors II

for string quartet, 5m


lithe turning, black azure

for three celli, 6m 30s


Mata[hou]rua

for bass clarinet, 7m 20s


Nyx

for solo flute, 7m


Pania

for solo viola, 7m


Refracted White

for chamber ensemble, 10m


Unfold

for guitar and 3 or more unspecified instruments, 10m


Whisperings

for alto flute and cello, 5m 50s