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Alex Taylor

Arranger, Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Born: 1988

Biography

Alex Taylor (b. 1988) is a composer and musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. His works have been commissioned and performed by prominent artists and ensembles, including the NZSO, Enso Quartet, NZTrio, the Taipei Chamber Singers, and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He has received a number of awards, including the 2012 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his orchestral work [inner], the 2013 CANZ Trust Fund Award, and in 2016 an Arts Foundation New Generation Award. He has held residencies with the Caselberg Trust, the Auckland Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand, and was a Composition Fellow of the 2017 Tanglewood Music Center.

As well as composing, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, poet, critic, lecturer, conductor and impresario. He has written about music for the Pantograph Punch, Radio New Zealand, and his occasional music blog 'the listener', and has taught at Unitec and the University of Auckland. He directs the Intrepid Music Project and co-directs the hear|say performance group with Eve de Castro-Robinson. He has performed across a range of vocal and instrumental genres, including as lead vocalist for the Blackbird Ensemble, as a key performer and collaborator of Celeste Oram's 'Tautitotito', and as the Sorceress in his own recomposition of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Frances Moore’s Unstuck Opera. After studying English Literature and Music, Alex completed a Masters in Composition with First Class Honours under the supervision of Eve de Castro-Robinson and John Elmsly in 2011. He co-convened the 2014 and 2015 Nelson Composers Workshops and has served on the committee of the Composers Association of New Zealand since 2013.

Alex’s output includes works for orchestra, chamber music, songs, opera, music for theatre, and three concerti, for flute, bassoon and horn. He writes regularly for school and community groups, and a number of ensembles have won Best Performance of a New Zealand Work at the KBB Music Festival in Auckland performing his works. Alex's piano trio burlesques mecaniques is featured on NZTrio’s 2015 CD release, Lightbox. His work for double bass septet 'Descent' was premiered by the Bass Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center in July 2018.


Composed (55)

[f]at[on]ality

for piano, 5m


[inner]

a mini viola concerto, 6m


[inner] arr. by Rhian Sheehan

Rhian Sheehan's arrangement for the 2012 Silver Scroll Awards


a coincidence of surfaces

for string quartet or octet


a summoning

for concert band, 4m


an autumn cutting

for solo viola


antiphony

brass fanfare, 2m 30s


Attention:

for actor and orchestra, 9m


Bassoon Concerto

for bassoon and chamber orchestra


between

for orchestra, 8m


burlesques mécaniques

ten miniatures for piano trio, 11m


constellations

for solo piano, 10m


deepwalker

work for vocalising clarinetist, 9m 30s


descent

for double bass ensemble, 11m


eight miniatures for piano

for solo piano, 7m


eight pieces for wind quartet

for wind quartet, 9m


feel

four movements for orchestra, 18m


fiend lyric

for solo viola, 5m


figments

for mixed chamber sextet, 7m


four abstracts

for mixed chamber quintet, 11m


four landscapes

for string quartet, 11m


Four Little Pieces

for cello and piano, 4m


Fray

for orchestra


ghosts

for solo viola, 9m


half patterns

for E flat clarinet and piano


Horn Concerto: hydraulic fracture

for horn and orchestra, 11m


loose knots

for bassoon


mindsets

for bass clarinet, 7m


narcissus

for two clarinets, 7m 30s


nine bagatelles

for bass clarinet and cello, 7m


Noughts and Crosses

for orchestra, 7m 45s


Old Threads

for violin and viola, 5m


quasi concertino

for bassoon and string trio


refrain

for string quartet, 12m


Resistance Study

for two flutes, 4m 30s


Sea Rose 1

for soprano and piano, 2m


seven bagatelles

for B flat clarinet, bassoon and piano, 9m


silk / gravel

for string orchestra, 8m


six pieces for orchestra

for orchestra, 7m


small loop

a miniature for violin, viola and bass clarinet, 40s


Storm

for soprano and piano, 3m 30s


study of two pears

a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble, 17m


thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird

a song cycle for countertenor, clarinet in B flat, 2 violins, viola and cello, 20m


Three Arches

for drumset, 10m


Three Endings

for violin and piano, 8m


three songs of iain sharp

for baritone and piano


Tiaho Mai

for soprano and string orchestra


two movements

for bass clarinet and viola, 5m


two years later

for 12-part male voice choir, 4m


vis-à-vis

for solo piano, 1m


Vivid

for solo trumpet, 10m


Whakapiri mai

for gospel choir and orchestra, 8m


window

for string orchestra, 5m



Arranged (1)

R. Strauss: Four Lieder, arr. Taylor

arranged for violin, cello, piano and tenor by Alex Taylor



Performances (2)

NZTrio | Exotica

Enjoy a myriad of single movements, like a tasting platter full of vibrant, piquant music from Sp...


Auckland Chamber Orchestra - 'Turakirae'

Ben Hoadley | Turakirae for solo clarinet & orchestra [WORLD PREMIERE] Alex Taylor | Flute...