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Michael Norris is a composer, software developer and music theorist. He teaches composition, sonic arts and post-tonal music theory at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music and is editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press and Co-Director of Stroma New Music Ensemble. He is the recipient of the 2001 Mozart Fellowship, the 2003 Douglas Lilburn Prize, the 2010 Trans-Tasman Composers Award, the 2012 CANZ Trust Fund Award, and the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award. He has participated in composition courses featuring composers such as Peter Eötvös, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Kaija Saariaho.

Performers of Michael’s work include the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Houstoun, the NZ String Quartet, NZTrio, Barbara Lüneburg, Lars Mlekusch, Duo Stump-Linshalm, Richard Haynes, the Viennese Saxophonic Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Stroma, the Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Reconsil (Vienna) and the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire Wien. In 2010, the SWR commissioned a new chamber orchestra work, which was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010, conducted by Peter Eötvös. Michael’s suite of real-time audio effects, ‘SoundMagic Spectral’, is widely used in both industry and academia worldwide, and by artists such as Aphex Twin and Brian Eno.

Source: Michael Norris, February 2017.

Selected Works

dirty pixels for piano trio  
Heavy Traffic for contrabassoon and orchestra  
Icons and Artifice for bass clarinet duo, ensemble and electronics  
Machine Noises a "landscape prelude" for piano  
Rays of the Sun, Shards of the Moon for orchestra  
Save Yourself for chamber ensemble  
tesserae...interstices for mixed sextet  
TIMEDANCE a live score for dance, in collaboration with choreographer/filmmaker Daniel Belton.  
Volti for piano and orchestra  

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