Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Jessie Leov is a Kiwi composer, musician and music educator with a diverse background in the arts. Her work has been commissioned, performed or workshopped by groups including New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Choir, NZTrio, Cantorum Chamber Choir, Creative Waikato, Celebris Ensemble, Laurel’s Hat Productions and Red Scare Theatre Company.
Recent highlights include Jessie’s work for piano trio, convergency, being selected as a winning work in NZTrio’s 2021 AudioVisualise Composing Competition, and premiered in May 2022 by NZTrio. In the same month her work for mixed voices, Let My Country Awake, had its international premiere in the USA performed by the Michigan-based Celebris Ensemble. In September 2022 Jessie’s orchestral work, marble, bark, silver, will be recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2022 NZ Composer Sessions, an annual collaboration between the NZSO, RNZ Concert and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.
As recipient of the 2020-2021 SOUNZ Community Commission, Jessie collaborated with Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus over a period of nine months to compose a new choral work for upper voices, Call of the Ocean, which premiered at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts in June 2021. In 2020 she was also awarded the Douglas Mews Composition Prize for her choral work nunc dimittis, which was named as a finalist in the 25 & Under Category for the 2020 Compose Aotearoa! National Choral Composition Competition, and was a finalist in the Open Category in 2021.
Jessie holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Auckland, completed in 2021 under the supervision of Dr Leonie Holmes and Dr David Chisholm.