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Chris Adams


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Born: 1979


Chris Adams (1979–) is a New Zealand composer and is the Head of Music at King’s College, Auckland. He was the Mozart Fellow (2010–2011) at the University of Otago and the Auckland Philharmonia’s Composer in Residence (2009). Chris was the inaugural University of Otago Wallace Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Pah Homestead from July to September, 2010, a position he held again in 2011. He has since worked with the Auckland Philharmonia on a new orchestral work and represented New Zealand at the 2016 Asian Composers’ League with his Contemporary Triptych.

Chris has had works commissioned, performed and read by a wide variety of groups including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZ Trio, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Jade String Quartet, and Southern Sinfonia. His works have been performed around New Zealand and in Australia, Italy, and Britain, including at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; a number have also been broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert. Composition awards include the Philip Neill Memorial Prize (2008), for his string quartet, Persephone.

Composed (72)

A Song Cycle

for soprano and piano, 7m


for full orchestra, 20m


for piano

Antonyms of Trust

for actor and orchestra, 10m

Arianna's Dance

for clarinet quartet, 50s

Art Miniatures

for flute and piano, 20m

Athena's Nymphs and the Downfall of Troy

for flute, violin and viola, 6m

Atthis (flute & harp)

for flute and harp, 2m

Atthis (mezzo-soprano & guitar)

for mezzo-soprano and guitar, 2m

Atthis (viola & guitar)

for viola and guitar, 2m

c.f. Martinu

for organ, 3m 30s

Caspar; an imminent arrival

for orchestra, 5m

Centenary Overture

for orchestra

Chamber Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Contrabassoon/Bassoon

for tenor saxophone, contrabassoon/bassoon and ensemble, 8m 30s

Contemporary Triptych

for flute, bassoon and piano, 10m

Counting Game

for piano, 30s


for violin and viola, 7m 30s

Echoed Memories

for orchestra, 9m


for solo piano doubling toy piano

F.S.M. Hallelujah!

for string quartet and clarinet in B flat, 12m

F.S.M. Hallelujah!

for solo clarinet and string orchestra, 11m 30s

Flight - Lost in an urban(e) jungle

for solo E flat clarinet, 3m 30s

Fonterra's Mad(rigal)

for orchestra, 10m

Haere Mai (SATB)

for SATB choir, 2m

Haere Mai (SSAA)

for SSAA choir, 2m

Homage to a Fau(w)n

for mixed chamber ensemble, 12m

Hurunui Gorge

for solo piano, 1m

In Memoriam

for orchestra, 9m

Introducing the Orchestra

for orchestra, 3m 30s

Jekyll Rat

for piano trio, 12m

Mad Cow Farmers’ Disease (Jazz Band version)

Arranged for jazz band by the composer, 7m

Mad Cow-Farmer Disease

for chamber nonet, 7m


for clarinet in B flat and piano, 6m


a work for organ and orchestra, 11m

Mass for Double Choir

for double choir, 13m


for string quartet


for piano

Otira Gorge

for orchestra


for string quartet, 15m

Postcards from Eden

for chamber orchestra

Postcards from Eden

for chamber ensemble of twelve players

Preces and Responses

for SATB choir and organ

Prelude and Fugue for two violins and cello

for two violins and cello, 7m

Progress March

for symphonic band, 8m

Release (bassoon & piano)

for bassoon and piano, 4m

Release (cello & piano)

for cello and piano, 4m

Release (clarinet & piano)

for B flat clarinet and piano, 4m

Release (violin & piano)

for violin and piano, 4m

Requiem for a big man

for mezzo-soprano, 2 flutes, 2 violins, oboe and piano, 5m 30s

Requiem for a Big Man

for soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and harpsichord, 5m 30s

River Lavalle

A Chamber Opera (six singers, eight instrumentalists incl sound effects operator) presented as a 1940s style radio play detective story with an underlying environmental theme, 1h


for soprano solo and SSAA choir, 3m

Song to “Cat”

for string quartet, 3m 6s

Songs from Childhood

for bass voice and piano, 7m

Songs of Moses and Isaiah

for alto (or mezzo-soprano) and organ (or chamber organ)

Star-Spangled Banner

for string quartet


for solo lever harp with loop pedal, 5m

Symphonic Dances

for orchestra, 10m

The Arianna Suite (four flutes)

for four flutes, 5m

The Arianna Suite (four violins)

for four violins, 5m 30s

The Arianna Suite (string quartet)

for string quartet, 5m 30s

Three Poems

for bass voice and piano, 4m

Three Songs on Old Texts

for soprano and piano, 8m

Trusttum Toys

for flute, clarinet in B flat and bassoon, 10m 30s

Two Portraits

for string quartet, 6m

Unspoken Songs

for string quartet, 12m

Variation: Sumer Is Icumen In

for chamber orchestra, 1m

VBS Remix

for woodwind quintet and CD, 3m 30s

Viola Sonata for Helen

for viola and piano, 20m

Wild Daisies

for piano solo, 2m

Recordings (3)

Helen Webby: Pluck

Not applicable

Luca Manghi: Quays

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