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Salina Fisher
SOUNZ Contemporary Award finalist

Salina Fisher, whose work Rainphase won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2016, is nominated for the second time with Tōrino - echoes on pūtōrino improvisations by Rob Thorne, for string quartet.

"I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be nominated for this year's SOUNZ Contemporary Award. It's particularly exciting to be recognised for what I feel is a new direction in my creative path. It's also a real honour to be selected alongside Chris and Jeroen, both wonderful and fascinating composers who I have huge respect for."

Tōrino was commissioned in 2016 by Chamber Music New Zealand for performance by the New Zealand String Quartet, and it will also represent New Zealand at the ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

Salina was the 2015 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, and the 2014-2015 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Rising Star' Young Composer-in-Residence. Her SOUNZ Contemporary Award winning work, Rainphase, was also selected for the 2016 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings. Read more about Salina here.

The winner of the 2017 SOUNZ Contemporary Award will be announced at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards held at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday 28 September.