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Kirsten Strom

Composer, Performer

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Biography

Kirsten Strom is a young composer, conductor and creative writer. Her work has been performed internationally, commissioned, and aired on national radio. Her current interests include mixed media, work with a conscience and the complex beauty of nature. She looks forward to attending the Royal Academy of Music, London for a Master of Music in Composition.

In 2017 Kirsten was named the Young Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 2018. Her commission 'Wake-Up Call' for orchestra and smartphones received enthusiastic responses under the deft batons of Ray Chan and Tianyi Lu. Another orchestral work 'Ice' won the Orchestra’s Choice Award in the Todd-NZSO Young Composers Awards 2017, aired on national radio, and was workshopped by the APO in 2016. Kirsten represented New Zealand in the 2018 Asian Composers League Festival in Taiwan as a programmed composer. Her choral work 'Ktisis' was premiered by Taipei Chamber Singers in the National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei.

Her music has also been played by chamber groups ACE Brass and Aroha String Quartet, the latter selecting her piece 'Purity' for their recordings in 2015. In May 2017 she won the Antipodes Percussion Project’s Suitcase Composition Competition and Audience Choice Award with 'Time is Money' for coins. She has two upcoming premieres with APO Connecting and the Koru Quintet in 2019.

Kirsten Strom has also devised and performed live electronics works. In 2018 she was an artist-in-residence for the Estalagem Live Electronics Residency in Madeira. This saw the premiere of ‘Vento’, a new work written during the residency for Keiko Murakami on bass flute and electronics. Her work 'WAVEring Lines' was premiered in 2015 and recorded in 2017 by gifted pianist Bradley Wood and producer Irazema Vera. Kirsten continues to undertake cutting-edge research in this fascinating field under John Coulter at the University of Auckland.

Image credit goes to Thomas Hamill.


Composed (5)

Moodscenes

for solo mezzo-soprano, 6m


Purity

for string quartet, 3m


Songs of the Deep

for solo clarinet in B flat, 3m


Time is Money

for three percussionists, 5m 30s


Two Modal Miniatures

for solo piano