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Chris Watson

Composer

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Born: 1976

Biography

The music of Chris Watson (PhD - Victoria, 2007) has enjoyed premieres by orchestras including the Tokyo Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony and the West Australian, ensembles such as Stroma, the Song Company, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna and 175 East and soloists including Yuji Takahashi, Rieko Suzuki, Andrew Uren, Lars Mlekusch, Sarah Watkins and Madeleine Pierard.

Chris's sing songs self won the 2015 SOUNZ Contemporary Award at the APRA Silver Scrolls. He was Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in 2008 and 2009, was the winner of the 2002 Asian Composers' League Young Composers Competition, was the 2004 recipient of the Composers' Association of New Zealand Trust Fund Award and won the Panel Prize in the 2006 Douglas Lilburn Prize.

Chris graduated in 2007 with a PhD in composition from Victoria University of Wellington under the supervision of Ross Harris and Dugal McKinnon. A thesis and a body of new works investigated the effects of music notation software on compositional practices and outcomes.

Chris lives in Wellington with his partner and their two young boys.


Works (34)

...vers libre...

for flute, clarinet in B flat and guitar, 10m


Adversaria

for full orchestra, 7m


Aufsatz

for string orchestra, 12m


Carrick Bend

for solo saxophone and chamber ensemble, 14m


Derailleurs

for flute, guitar, percussion, cello and piano


Distal

for string quartet (with viola as soloist), 8m


Don't Mess with Texas

setting of sixteen haiku for soprano and ensemble, 14m


E pari, e te tai

for wind quintet, 11m


Homage to Varèse's 'Octandre'

for octet, 8m 30s


Jangeran

for orchestra and gamelan, 9m 30s


Mandible

for solo bass clarinet, 5m


Music for Fall Sonata

for tape, 5m 30s


Nacelle

concerto for B flat clarinet and ensemble, 10m


Now I Know

for solo clarinet and Javanese gamelan


Pivotal Orbits

for orchestra


Shift

for flute and piano


Some Cries of Wellington

for six voices and two string quartets


Vacillations

for full orchestra, 10m


about nothing...really

for flute, B flat clarinet, guitar and cello, 7m


aperitif

an entrée for piano, 2m


circuit:spiral

for orchestra


coffee table book

for piano duo, 9m 30s


double duo

for bassoon, violin, viola and cello, 6m


duo music

for percussion and violin, 15m


fugue

for piano, 2m 30s


inter-

for violin and piano


ogee

for solo violin and orchestra, 11m


orbicularis

for flute and piano, 7m


recrudesce

for flute, B-flat clarinet and bass trombone, 3m


schemata

for piano trio, 2m 15s


sing songs self

a single movement piano concerto, 11m


sundry good

for string quartet, 10m


tag (and release)

for trombone and string quartet, 9m