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Jason Kaminski


Born: 1969


Jason was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand on the 8th of May 1969.

Between 1980 – 1985, Jason took part in national and international championships in bagpipe performance. He also undertook oboe and piano performance studies until 1987.

The first performances of his compositions took place at the Nelson School of Music summer school in 1986.

In 1987, Jason studied harmony and counterpoint at Nice Conservatoire summer school. These were followed by study in composition back in New Zealand with John Cousins and Jack Body between 1988 – 1991, and at the Moscow Conservatorium with Edison Denisov 1992 – 4. He was the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in 1997.

His compositions were performed, published and recorded in New Zealand and Russia (1990-2000) - e.g. Maly Zal, Bats Theatre, Baroque Voices, Alexander Ivashkin. Works include orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, solo instrumental music and music theatre. Most works from this period are held by SOUNZ.

In 2008, Jason completed his PhD, Kolokol: spectres of the Russian bell - a cultural history of Russian bells, under the supervision of Noel Sanders at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Mostly inactive now as a composer of music for conventional instruments, works since 2010 have included Two Contradictions for Baroque Voices, Dark Haloes for oboe, harpsichord and strings, Interruptio for orchestra, and a setting of Janet Frame's When the sun shines more years than fear. He has been developing experimental (low-tech, analogue tape) acousmatic work since 2015.

Currently, Jason is living in Australia & working at the University of Tasmania as a curriculum designer. He is active in cultural studies research, with a primary focus on tantric philosophies of sound.

Composed (26)

3 Rumi Poems

for soprano, harp and organ

4 Poem Fragments

for string quartet


for carillon (two players), 13m

Bogoroditse raduicya

for vocal sextet


for two cellos



Hail, Virgin Mary

for an ensemble of eight voices

Iconostasis Nkohoctac

for seven flutes, 8m

In Memoriam Edison Denisov

for chamber orchestra

Modo Huc Modo Illuc

for solo violin


for orchestra, 7m


for piano, 4m

Prelude (to lines of T.S. Eliot)

for solo guitar, 7m


for three cellos and solo cello, 11m

Russian Folk Tunes

for highland bagpipes


for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and cello


for piano


for soprano and piano, 10m

The Willow

for soprano, violin and piano, 12m

Three Songs on Six Ancient Japanese Verses

for soprano and piano, 5m

Time and the Bell

for orchestra, 8m


for two flutes and piano, 7m