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Michael Vinten

Composer, Performer

Born: 1956


Michael Vinten studied Music History and Composition at Victoria University, Wellington, and then completed a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Cincinnati University, Ohio, USA. He has conducted many New Zealand orchestras, both professional and amateur, including Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Sinfonia. Michael also works extensively with youth orchestras, having conducted the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, the Wellington Youth Orchestra, and the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta. From 1985 until 1989 he was Music Director of the Schola Musica, the training orchestra for the NZSO. He has also worked extensively as a conductor of opera.

In 2020 Michael received a Lilburn Trust Fellowship to edit and publish a collection of pre-1950 New Zealand Art Songs that has run to three volumes. He has delivered talks on the collection at the National Library, to the 2021 NEWSATZ conference, and at Otago University. A concert of selections from the collection was toured to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland by New Zealand Opera in 2022.

Composed (16)

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

for alto saxophone and orchestra, 25m

Four Whimsies

for SATB choir and piano

Preludes, Interludes and Fugues

for string quartet and string orchestra


for SATB choir and piano


for orchestra, 14m

Six Korean Love Poems

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Six Korean Love Poems

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, 16m

Symphony - The Elements

for full orchestra, 35m

Tamarillo tea

for piano

Te ia o Nuku

for choir and orchestra, 16m

Three Pictures

for SATB choir and chamber orchestra, 15m

Three Pictures

for SATB choir, organ, string quartet, flute and trumpet, 15m

Time Scape

for amateur or school orchestra, 15m


for mezzo-soprano and piano

Recordings (1)

Elena: Elena's Cultural Symphony - CD

Nz recordings not by sounz composers

Resources (1)