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Samuel Holloway

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1981


Samuel Holloway is an Auckland-based composer. He studied music and philosophy at the University of Auckland, and is currently an Academic Leader in Creative Industries at Unitec Institute of Technology.

Samuel was the 2013 Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, and a 2016 Civitella Ranieri Fellow in Umbria, Italy. He was finalist in the 2011 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work Sillage, a work that was also selected for the 2014 ISCM World New Music Days in Poland.

Samuel’s work has been performed by prominent artists and ensembles in Asia, Europe and North America; these performers include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Reconsil, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, NZTrio, the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

He has recently undertaken a number of projects with the collective et al., and their collaborative work is held in the Chartwell Collection at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Samuel is a committee member of the Composers Association of New Zealand and an APRA AMCOS Ambassador. He has been a convener and mentor at the Nelson Composers Workshop and was co-convener of the 2014 CANZ Composers Conference at the University of Auckland.

Composed (30)

Austerity Measures

for recorder, koto and guitar, 8m

Corpse and Mirror

for violin, cello and piano

Domestic Architecture

for string quartet, 9m


for violin, 30s

Dualities 2

for violin, 1m 30s

Dumb Objects

for mixed chamber octet, 9m 30s

en abyme

for flute, 7m


for orchestra, 6m

Germ Free Adolescence

for mixed chamber sextet, 30s

Grand Piano

for piano, 9m

Hard Science

for mixed chamber sextet, 5m 30s


for orchestra, 3m 30s


for ensemble (sixteen performers), 3m 30s

Here We Are For A Moment

for mixed chamber sextet, 12m

Impossible Songs

for string quartet and soprano voice, 13m


for bass clarinet, trombone, and cello, 8m


for guitar, shō, shamisen, oboe, bass koto and recorder, 9m

Keep this night

for piano, 2m 30s


for three b-flat clarinets, 9m


for piano quartet, 8m

Mono (もの)

for shō, recorder and koto, 8m


for guitar, fixed audio media and 2-12 other performers


for piano trio, 8m

Strange Loops

for twelve performers, 10m

Terrain Vague

for piano, 3m 30s


for chamber ensemble

Three Destructions

for six performers with objects (fixed) and implements (variable)

Performances (2)

New Music Central - Lawrence Axelrod (US)

Includes works by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Samuel Holloway.

Pianist Lawrence Axelrod

Auckland Libraries is delighted to present American pianist and composer Lawrence Axelrod, who en...