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SOUNZ Contemporary Award

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The SOUNZ Contemporary Award, which was established in 1998, is a project of APRA, Australasian Performing Right Association and SOUNZ.

Composers who are members of APRA are annually invited to enter up to two works which have been premiered in the previous year. Pieces may have been premiered publicly, recorded for radio broadcast or by a recognised recording label for distribution, or performed by a professional orchestra in a professional development situation. The works can be for solo, chamber, ensemble, choral, opera, orchestral, electro-acoustic or any combination of these.

The Centre for NZ Music convenes a jury to select three finalists whose entry shows outstanding compositional excellence and inspiration.

The award, consisting of a trophy and cash prize (currently $3,000), is presented each year at the APRA Silver Scroll awards ceremony. The trophy for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award has been designed and made by Auckland sculptor Sarah Smuts Kennedy and depicts a bronze fern frond mounted on a shaped oak and ebony base.

Established:1998
Frequency:annual
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2014)
Celeste Oram
macropsia
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2014)
Leonie Holmes
Aquae Sulis
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2014)
Michael Norris
Inner Phases
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2013)
Chris Gendall
Triple Concerto
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2013)
Karlo Margetic
Lightbox
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2013)
Michael Norris
TIMEDANCE
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2012)
Alex Taylor
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SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2012)
Kenneth Young
Four Questions, No Answers
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2012)
Michael Williams
The Juniper Passion
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2011)
Chris Gendall
Gravitas
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2011)
Lyell Cresswell
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2011)
Samuel Holloway
Sillage
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2010)
Chris Cree Brown
Inner Bellow
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2010)
Ross Harris
Violin Concerto No. 1
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2010)
Chris Gendall
Rudiments
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2009)
Michael Norris
Volti
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2009)
Jack Body
My Name is Mok Bhon
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2009)
Ross Harris
Symphony No. 3
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2008)
Chris Cree Brown
Remote Presence
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2008)
Peter Scholes (composer)
Requiem Concerto
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2008)
Chris Gendall
Wax Lyrical
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2007)
Ross Harris
The Sleep of Reason....
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2007)
Eve de Castro-Robinson
These arms to hold you
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2007)
Christopher Blake
Anthem on the Kaipara
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2006)
Dylan Lardelli
Tumbu
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2006)
Eve de Castro-Robinson
Releasing the Angel
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2006)
Ross Harris
Symphony No. 2
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2005)
Jeroen Speak
Gu ta
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2005)
Ross Harris
Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2005)
Kenneth Young
Symphony No. 2
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2004)
Michael Norris
Rays of the Sun, Shards of the Moon
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2004)
John Cousins
Say
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2004)
Ross Harris
At the Edge of Silence
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2004)
John Psathas
Three Psalms
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2003)
Ross Harris
Chaconne for Solo Viola
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2003)
Gillian Whitehead
Alice
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2003)
Craig Utting
Cirrus
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2003)
Chris Cree Brown
Icescape
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2002)
Chris Cree Brown
Memories Apart
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2002)
John Psathas
View from Olympus
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2002)
John Rimmer
Europa
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2001)
Gillian Whitehead
the improbable ordered dance
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2001)
Jordan Reyne
The Long Goodbye
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2001)
Anthony Ritchie
Piano Trio
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2001)
Philip Brownlee
Sinew/Synapse
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2000)
Ross Harris
To the memory of I.S. Totzka
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2000)
Lyell Cresswell
Of Whirlwind Underground
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2000)
Anthony Ritchie
Symphony No. 2 - The Widening Gyre
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1999)
Helen Bowater
Banshee
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1999)
Gillian Whitehead
Outrageous Fortune
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1999)
Brigid Ursula Bisley
Come Back Safely
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1998)
Anthony Ritchie
Revelations
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1998)
Dorothy Buchanan
The Woman at the Store
SOUNZ Contemporary Award (1998)
Eve de Castro-Robinson
Chaos of Delight III

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