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Victoria Kelly



Victoria was born in Wellington and is now based in Auckland. She studied the oboe at the University of Auckland before focusing on composition, gaining 1st equal in the Auckland University Composition Prize Concert in 1992.

Victoria completed her Bachelor of Music in 1993 and while pursuing further study, she developed a passion for writing film music. After winning a TVNZ Young Achievers Award and a Professional Development Grant from Creative New Zealand in 1996, Victoria travelled to the United States to study film composition at the University of Southern California, with teachers including Elmer Bernstein, Leonard Rosenman and Christopher Young. Victoria has worked with directors such as Scott Reynolds, Vanessa Alexander and Harry Sinclair. She has been commissioned, performed and/or recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZTrio, Stroma, Michael Houstoun and Stephen de Pledge. She has worked extensively in the theatre in association with the New Zealand Actor’s Company, has a long-standing involvement with Auckland band ‘Strawpeople’ and has worked as a performer and arranger for artists as diverse as Greg Johnson, Anika Moa, Fiona McDonald and True Bliss. Victoria also appears as a guest lecturer in schools and universities around the country.

Victoria collaborated with Horomona Horo, Tim Worrall and NZTrio in 2013 to compose Toi Huarewa for the Auckland Arts Festival. In 2014 she was composer/music director for Okareka Dance Company’s contemporary dance production Mana Wahine. She has been commissioned by Karen Grylls and Voices New Zealand to write a new work for mixed choir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

[Information about Victoria Kelly and her music for film and television can also be found on the NZ Onscreen website.]

Composed (33)

A Way of Life

music for theatre production, 1h

Angel Wings

music for short film, 8m

Being Eve (Series One)

music for TV series, 15m

Being Eve (Series Two)

music for TV series, 15m


music for short film, 11m


music for short film


music for short film, 13m


music for feature film, 2h

Goodnight Kiwi

for piano, 3m


music for feature film, 1h 50m

La Vie en Rose

music for short film, 5m


music for theatre production


for clarinet, cello, percussion, piano and electric media, 1h 20m

Magik and Rose

incidental music for film, 1h 40m

Piece for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano

Piece for Violin, Cello and Piano

for violin, cello and piano


music for short film, 12m


for chamber orchestra and electronic media, 1h 30m

Serial Minds

for jazz quintet and orchestra, 6m

Short Song Cycle

for large ensemble and singer, 9m


for voice, vibraphone, piano and string sextet, 8m

Song Without Words

for string quartet


for piano trio, 13m

The Bach

for cello and electronic media, 7m

The Imploding Self

for string quartet, vibraphone, percussion, organ and trumpet, 11m

The Locals

for chamber orchestra and piano, 1h 30m

The Ugly

for chamber orchestra, 1h 30m

The Unusual Silence

for mixed choir

Toi Huarewa / Suspended Way

for piano trio and taonga puoro

Toy Love

music for feature film, 1h 45m

Arranged (1)

Performances (3)

Auckland Arts Festival | Requiem

Conductor Vincent HardakerTenor Simon O’NeillSoprano Jayne TankersleyChoirmaster David SquireLumi...

NZTrio | HOMELAND 2: TUNES FROM MY HOME (Christchurch)

'Homeland 2' begins in Romania with **Enescu**’s luscious A minor trio, one of the very few works...


'Homeland 2' begins in Romania with **Enescu**’s luscious A minor trio, one of the very few works...