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Alex Taylor

Composer

Born: 1988

Biography

Alex Taylor (b. 1988) has been commissioned and performed by prominent artists and ensembles in his native New Zealand and abroad, including Orchestra Wellington (NZ), NZTrio (NZ), Stephen de Pledge (NZ), Ben Hoadley (NZ), Abigail Sperling (NZ/US), Alexandra Smither (US/CA), Enso Quartet (US), Ensemble U (EE), Ensemble Proton Bern (CH), Kupka’s Piano (AUS), and the Tanglewood Music Center (US). He has received a number of awards, including the 2012 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, the 2013 CANZ Trust Fund Award, and a 2016 New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. Past residencies include the NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, Caselberg Trust Creative Connections Artist-in-Residence, and Composition Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

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 is currently a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego. His compositional work often explores interactions between seemingly disparate materials, especially between ideas of the ‘canon’ and the avant-garde. His 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.

As well as composing, Alex is also a multi-instrumentalist, poet, critic and music educator. He has written about music for the Pantograph Punch, Radio New Zealand, Canzona, Canzonetta, and his occasional music blog ‘the listener’. He has taught at Unitec, the University of Auckland, UC San Diego, and regularly gives pre-concert talks for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He served for six years on the committee of CANZ, the Composers’ Association of New Zealand, and co-convened the Nelson Composers Workshop in 2014 and 2015. He was the artistic director of the Intrepid Music Project, and co-directed the performance group hear|say 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 violinist/saxophonist in the avant-Rock band Dr. Colossus, and as the Sorceress in his own recomposition of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Frances Moore’s Unstuck Opera.

Recent commissions include a flute concerto for Abigail Sperling, a double bass septet, and a violin trio for the Adam Chamber Music Festival. His violin-piano duo Three Endings is featured on Sarah Watkins and Andrew Beer’s 2019 Rattle release 11 Frames.


Composed (61)

[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


Assemblage

for orchestra with painting machine, 13m


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


Flute Concerto

for solo flute and chamber orchestra, 24m


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


Night

for chamber choir, piano and percussion, 5m


nine bagatelles

for bass clarinet and cello, 7m


Noughts and Crosses

for orchestra, 7m 45s


Old Threads

for violin and viola, 5m


Poema de La Siguiriya Gitana

for tenor, cello and percussion


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 Preparations

for three violins


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



Resources (21)


Performances (4)

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...


Orchestra Wellington | Pictures at an Exhibition

With a full orchestra and custom-made painting robot, composer __Alex Taylor__ and artist Simon I...


POSTPONED: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra | Ludwig Reflected #3 (Beethoven 250)

__This event has been postponed. We will update this page when more information is available.__ ...