SOUNZ Contemporary Finalist Chris Cree Brown

19 Sep 2016 12:00


Chris Cree Brown - Viola Concerto


This is the fifth time a work by composer Chris Cree Brown, from Christchurch, has been nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, which he won in 2010 with Inner Bellow. “I am elated that the Viola Concerto has been nominated for the 2016 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and delighted that I am in the company of such talent as Ken and Salina,” says Chris. "I feel fortunate to have been commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra to write the work, and for the soloist, Serenity Thurlow, who played with depth, strength and precision. Her performance imbued the work with empathy and clarity.”

Watch an exclusive SOUNZ interview with Chris below:

Chris Cree Brown (b.1953) is an Associate Professor at the School of Music, University of Canterbury. He has a wide range of interests: conventional instrumental composition, electroacoustic and computer music, and inter-media art. He was awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1980 and 1983.

His orchestral work Icescape and electro-acoustic Under Erebus were a result of his trip to Antarctica in 1999 under the Artists to Antarctica programme, run by Antarctica New Zealand with support from Creative New Zealand.

He has written two major works about Gallipoli: a radiophonic work Pilgrimage to Gallipoli and Gallipoli Fragments for piano trio, fixed media and images.

Memories Apart (2002), Icescape (2003) and Remote Presence (2008) were finalist compositions SOUNZ Contemporary Award, which he won in 2010 with Inner Bellow.

Chris has a strong interest in musical sculptures and his Aeolian harps were exhibited in 2002 in the Christchurch Botanical gardens as part of the Art and Industry Scape Biennale.

His work has been performed in many countries, including in Australia, the UK, Finland, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Russia, Scotland and the US.



Listen to a recording of Viola Concerto here.

You can purchase the score for Viola Concerto here.

Read about all of this year's finalists here




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