SOUNZ Contemporary Finalist Salina Fisher

14 Sep 2016 12:00


Salina Fisher - Rainphase


Wellington based composer and first time finalist, Salina Fisher, is one of the youngest, and the youngest woman, to be nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. She said, “I have huge admiration for all the composers and works selected in previous years, so to be named a finalist this year is such a thrill. I'm particularly excited to be selected alongside two composers who have had a huge impact on my musical life – Chris Cree Brown was my wonderful first year composition teacher at Canterbury and Ken Young has been an incredible mentor to me ever since he conducted my very first composition.”

Watch an exclusive SOUNZ interview with Salina below:

Salina Fisher (b.1993) is a composer and violinist based in Wellington. Her music has been performed throughout New Zealand and in Australia, the UK, Germany, USA and China, with performers including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Stroma New Music Ensemble, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Mimosa Ensemble and Lazarus String Quartet.
Salina studied composition and violin at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music and in 2014 completed a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction. Her primary teachers have included composers John Psathas, Michael Norris and Patrick Shepherd.
Salina was the 2015 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence and her work Rainphase has since been performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings. She was the Overall Winner of the NZSO/TODD Young Composer Award in 2013 and 2014, and also received the Orchestra’s Choice Award for her work Blushing Skies. In 2014, she was selected as the Auckland Philharmonia Rising Star and was the winner of the NZSM Composers Competition for her work Komorebi for violin and vibraphone.
As a violinist, Salina has frequently performed as a casual player with the NZSO since her selection for their Fellowship Programme in 2012. She has been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since 2010 and was Concertmaster in 2012-2013.


Watch a performance of Rainphase by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and conducted by José Luis Gomez.

You can purchase the score for Rainphase here.

Read about all of this year's finalists here




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