SOUNZ Contemporary Finalist Kenneth Young

23 Sep 2016 12:00


Kenneth Young - Piano Trio


Composer and conductor Kenneth Young, from Raumati, is nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the third time. He said, “I am both delighted and grateful to be nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. It is always good to know that something you’ve written has been truly listened to. Added to the pleasure is the fact that Chris and I were friends and classmates at Canterbury University back in the day, while I also conducted Salina’s first piece with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra with her as soloist when she was nine. To observe her take real flight at NZSM and beyond has been a delight.”

Watch an exclusive SOUNZ interview with Kenneth below:

Kenneth Young (b.1955) is one of New Zealand’s most recognised and performed composers with a professional career expanding over 40 years.

Numerous commissions from Chamber Music New Zealand, NZSO, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBANZ, International Festival of the Arts, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and Radio New Zealand have been regularly performed nationwide and in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Recent premiers include Piano Trio for NZTrio, Invocation and In Paradisum, both for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Symphony No.3 for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Woolston Brass.

In November 2015 Trust Records released a new recording of Young’s orchestral works dating back to 2005 with the composer conducting the NZSO.

He has been a finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award on two previous occasions with his Symphony No.2 in 2005 and Four Questions, No Answers in 2012, a chamber work written for the Australian contemporary music ensemble Southern Cross Soloists.

Since 1988 he has been a member of the music faculty of the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University Wellington where he lectures in conducting and orchestration. In 2004 Young was awarded the Lilburn Trust Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music.


Listen to a recording of Piano Trio.

You can purchase the score for Piano Trio here.

Read about all of this year's finalists here




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