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Maria Grenfell

Composer

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Born: 1969

Biography

Maria Grenfell was born in Malaysia in 1969 and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating with a Master of Music degree from the University of Canterbury. She completed further studies in the United States of America, gaining a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she was also a lecturer. Her teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Erica Muhl, James Hopkins and Morten Lauridsen in Los Angeles, and Joseph Schwantner and Samuel Adler in New York.

Maria Grenfell’s work takes much of its influence from poetic, literary and visual sources and from non-Western music and literature. Her works are performed by musicians such as the Australia Ensemble, The Seymour Group, the Vienna Piano Trio, the New Zealand Trio, Palisades Virtuosi (New Jersey USA) and Antipoduo (Netherlands). Orchestras that have commissioned, performed or recorded her music include the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian, West Australian Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Wellington Sinfonia and the Christchurch Symphony. Maria Grenfell’s music is broadcast regularly on ABC Classic FM in Australia and Concert FM in New Zealand, and is released on Tall Poppies, Kiwi-Pacific and Trust CDs. Her works are available from the Australian Music Centre, SOUNZ, and Reed Music.

Recent commissions include Rock hopping: for orchestra (2012) and Tarraleah (2014) for Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, as well as Ten Suns Ablaze (2013) for the Australia Ensemble, for which she won an Australian Art Music Award.

Maria co-ordinates and teaches at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras Australian Composers School, an annual emerging composer program. She has also been a violinist with the Christchurch Symphony and the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, and has performed bowed piano with the University of Southern California Percussion Ensemble. Her awards include the Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize and the Halsey Stevens Prize from the University of Southern California, the Composers’ Association of New Zealand Trust Fund Award and the University of Otago’s prestigious Philip Neill Memorial Prize. Maria lives in Hobart, Australia, with her husband, guitarist David Malone, and son, Alexander, and is a lecturer in music at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.


Composed (44)

...serenades and skirmishing

for chamber orchestra, 14m


A Feather of Blue

for piano trio, 9m


A Pinch of Time...

five songs for baritone (or medium voice) and piano, 18m


Alegria

for orchestra, 7m


Blue Green Red Black

for percussion ensemble of four players, 14m


Ceol na Fidhle

for violin and percussion, 9m


Clockwerk

for string orchestra, 9m


Concertino

for clarinet, cello, double bass and string orchestra


Dancing at the Camerata

for brass quintet, 10m 8s


Dancing in the Snake Pit

for oboe and piano, 10m


Dancing in the Snake Pit

for clarinet and piano


Dancing in the Snake Pit

for soprano saxophone and piano


Di Primavera

for guitar and marimba, 6m


Fanfare for a City

for orchestra, 4m


Five Years

five short pieces for solo oboe, 10m


Four Leunig Pieces

for solo guitar, 12m


Four Pooh Stories

four pieces for solo flute, 10m


Hinemoa

for orchestra


Hutia te rito o te harakeke

for community choir and orchestra, 10m


Maui tikitiki a Taranga

concerto for flute and orchestra, 20m


Night Songs

for SATB chorus and orchestra, 15m


On a moonlit night a recluse plays his pale white ch'in

arranged by Christine Draeger for alto flute and piano


Ostinato

for piano, 3m


Passage of Light

for flute and guitar


Perpetual Motion

for five percussionists, 3m


Poems of a Bright Moon

for flute, clarinet and piano, 11m


Prelude, Fugue and Foxtrot

for horn and piano, 12m


Proverb

for mixed a cappella six-part choir, 2m


Quintet for Brass

for brass quintet, 10m


River Mountain Sky

for orchestra, 10m


Sketches of a Land

for soprano and chamber ensemble, 8m


Soliloquy for Cello

for solo Cello, 5m


Songs of Land and Sea

for SSAATB a cappella choir


Stealing Tutunui

for orchestra, 10m


The Blue Suite

for guitar orchestra


The Magpies

for electric tape


These dark notes drifting

for mixed chamber quartet, 9m


Time Transfixed

for soprano saxophone and piano, 7m


Time Transfixed

for clarinet and piano


Triptych

for orchestra, 10m


Voyage: Antarctica

for SAB choir, massed orchestra, wind, recorder and percussion ensembles, 10m