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2015 Caselberg Trust - Alex Taylor


Auckland-based composer Alex Taylor  was selected as the 2015 Caselberg Trust Creative Connections Resident . The Caselberg Trust Creative Connections residency is specifically targeted for projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, and professional disciplines, and/or to communities relevant to the planned project. Alex spent his time as Creative Connections Resident undertaking a project based on the life and music of New Zealand composer Anthony Watson , the inaugural Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago .

Earlier this year, SOUNZ's Resound project spent some time with Alex at the Caselberg Trust house on Otago Peninsula to discuss his research.

Alex presented a concert of new music and poetry written during his residency at Marama Hall, at Otago University, on 28 June. He was joined by his long-time collaborators: violists Emma Fetherston and Alex MacDonald. 
Anthony Watson: Sonata for Solo Viola
Alex Taylor: Sketches for a posthumous cello concerto
Anthony Watson (arr. Alex Taylor): fragment - THIS IS NOT BARTOK/ITS [sic] NOT ME EITHER
Ronald Tremain: Nine Studies for viola and violin (selections)
Jack Body: Aeolian Harp  
Alex Taylor: two songs of iain sharp
John Cousins: Three Little Duets
Alex Taylor: an autumn cutting

About Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor  is one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music. His music has been performed by prominent artists, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra , Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Ben Hoadley 175 East  and NZTrio . He completed his Masters in Composition under the supervision of Dr Eve de Castro-Robinson  and Associate Professor John Elmsly  at Auckland University in 2011.

Alex’s works have been featured in concerts in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, America and Europe. In 2012 Alex was the youngest recipient to date of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award  for his work [inner]  for viola and orchestra, for which he was also awarded the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards and the Orchestra’s Choice Award. He has won numerous prizes and scholarships through Auckland University, including winning the 2009 Lilburn Trust Competition.

2012 saw Alex complete a residency with the NZSO-National Youth Orchestra, and commissions for the NZTrio, 175 East and The Committee. Alex was the recipient of the 2013 CANZ Trust Fund Award and the 2013 APRA Professional Development Award. Projects in 2013 included commissions for Westlake Boys High School, Ben Hoadley and the Rothko Quartet. Alex’s work featured in the NZSO-RNZ CONCERT-SOUNZ Recordings , the Auckland Pride Festival, the Big Sing, and numerous chamber music events.