- Awarded: 2007
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is committed to the education of New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Since its inception in 1959, the NZSO NYO has played a vital role in providing a specialised training opportunity for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers, many of whom have forged successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers.
In 2005, the first NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer in Residence was appointed. The annual recipient of this award will spend a week with the orchestra, its conductor and a senior New Zealand composer mentor. The orchestra will perform the winning piece in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Guidance from music professionals such as the NZSO NYO conductor and NZSO librarian, and music writing software are also included for the winner.
Pascale Parenteau, manager of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra comments, “the Composer-in-Residence Award has become a key component of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.” Ross Harris, composer mentor for three of the Residencies agrees, "It is hard to imagine a more exciting and rewarding opportunity for young New Zealand composers. Their music is played by the best musicians in their age group in concert halls around the country. Audiences, quite rightly, anticipate one of the most exciting concerts of the year and happily accept the inclusion of a New Zealand work in the context of major orchestral repertoire.
“The NYO Composer in Residence Scheme is the perfect platform for launching the careers of young New Zealand composers. The composers who have been honoured with the residency have taken advantage of their opportunities and are continuing to develop and make an impact on the music scene.”
Karlo Margetic won the NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer in Residence Award in 2007 for Belt Sander