SOUNZ Contemporary Award
The SOUNZ Contemporary Award, presented in collaboration with APRA AMCOS NZ, has been awarded since 1998, recognising New Zealand compositions that demonstrate outstanding levels of creativity and inspiration.
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. SOUNZ may in its absolute discretion accept an entry outside the eligibility period because of special circumstances. For example when a composition is completed and professionally recorded but not made available for reasons beyond the composer’s control this may qualify as a special circumstance.
The works can be for solo, chamber, ensemble, choral, opera, orchestral, electro-acoustic or any combination of these.
SOUNZ 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.
Recipients of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award
|2016 Salina Fisher:
2015 Chris Watson : sing songs self
|2014 Michael Norris : Inner Phases|
|2013 Karlo Margetic: Lightbox|
|2012 Alex Taylor: [inner]|
|2011 Lyell Cresswell: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra|
|2010 Chris Cree Brown: Inner Bellow|
|2009 Ross Harris: Symphony No. 3|
|2008 Chris Gendall: Wax Lyrical|
|2007 Eve de Castro-Robinson: These arms to hold you|
|2006 Ross Harris: Symphony No. 2|
|2005 Ross Harris: Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra|
|2004 John Psathas: Three Psalms|
|2003 Gillian Whitehead: Alice|
|2002 John Psathas: View from Olympus|
|2001 Gillian Whitehead: the improbable ordered dance|
|2000 Ross Harris: To the Memory of I.S. Totzka|
|1999 Gillian Whitehead: Outrageous Fortune|
1998 Eve De Castro-Robinson: Chaos of Delight III