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Victoria Kelly

Composer, Arranger

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Biography

Victoria was born in Wellington and is now based in Auckland. She studied the oboe at the University of Auckland before focusing on composition, gaining 1st equal in the Auckland University Composition Prize Concert in 1992.

Victoria completed her Bachelor of Music in 1993 and while pursuing further study, she developed a passion for writing film music. After winning a TVNZ Young Achievers Award and a Professional Development Grant from Creative New Zealand in 1996, Victoria travelled to the United States to study film composition at the University of Southern California, with teachers including Elmer Bernstein, Leonard Rosenman and Christopher Young. Victoria has worked with directors such as Scott Reynolds, Vanessa Alexander and Harry Sinclair. She has been commissioned, performed and/or recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZTrio, Stroma, Michael Houstoun and Stephen de Pledge. She has worked extensively in the theatre in association with the New Zealand Actor’s Company, has a long-standing involvement with Auckland band ‘Strawpeople’ and has worked as a performer and arranger for artists as diverse as Greg Johnson, Anika Moa, Fiona McDonald and True Bliss. Victoria also appears as a guest lecturer in schools and universities around the country.

Victoria collaborated with Horomona Horo, Tim Worrall and NZTrio in 2013 to compose Toi Huarewa for the Auckland Arts Festival. In 2014 she was composer/music director for Okareka Dance Company’s contemporary dance production Mana Wahine. She has been commissioned by Karen Grylls and Voices New Zealand to write a new work for mixed choir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

[Information about Victoria Kelly and her music for film and television can also be found on the NZ Onscreen website.]


Composed (31)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

music for theatre production, 1h


A Way of Life

music for theatre production, 1h


Angel Wings

music for short film, 8m


Being Eve - series one

Music for TV series (13 episodes- 30 minutes each), produced by Vanessa Alexander, 15m


Being Eve - series two

music for TV series produced by Vanessa Alexander, 15m


Closer

music for short film, 11m


Current

music for short film


Flying

music for short film, directed by Charles de Salis, produced by Steve Sachs, 13m


Fracture

music for feature film, 2h


Goodnight Kiwi

a "landscape prelude" for piano, 3m


Heaven

music for feature film, 1h 50m


Homai o Ringa

arrangement of an original music by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns, 4m


La Vie en Rose

music for short film, 5m


Lago

music for theatre production


Leah

incidental music for adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, 1h 20m


Magik and Rose

incidental music for film, 1h 40m


Ride

music for short film, 12m


Riverworld

music for pilot for TV series, 1h 30m


Serial Minds

arrangement of Joel Haine's "Serial Minds" for jazz quintet and orchestra, 6m


Short Song Cycle

for large ensemble and singer, 9m


Song

for voice, vibraphone, piano and string sextet, 8m


Song Without Words

for string quartet


Sono

for piano trio, 13m


The Bach

Music written for a short film directed by Stephen Sinclair; collaboration with Joost Langeveld, 7m


The Imploding Self

music for short film, 11m


The Locals

incidental music for feature film, directed Greg Page, 1h 30m


The Ugly

music for feature film, 1h 30m


Toi Huarewa / Suspended Way

for piano trio and taonga puoro, written in collaboration with Horomona Horo, Tim Warrall & NZTrio


Toy Love

music for feature film, 1h 45m



Arranged (1)

Homai o Ringa

arrangement of an original music by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns, 4m



Recordings (3)