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Chris Gendall


Born: 1980


Chris Gendall’s works have graced the programmes of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, NZTrio, Mark Menzies and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Saar Berger, and the New Zealand String Quartet. He studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, the Royaumont Voix nouvelles Composition Course, and the Aldeburgh Festival – bringing him in contact with such figures as Magnus Lindberg, Brian Ferneyhough, Mario Davidovsky, Oliver Knussen, and Anders Hillborg. Chris was a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, and resident composer with Orchestra Wellington and at the New Zealand School of Music. He won the 2008 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work Wax Lyrical, and his debut portrait album Tones was released on the Rattle label in 2019.

“…the purest musical ecstasy. We were blown away by its swoops and gasps, swarming pizzicato fields and clever effects…” (William Dart on Gravitas, New Zealand Herald, May 2011)

Composed (39)


for piano

Blur Circles

for piano, 7m


for shō, recorder and koto, 9m


for violin and percussion, 10m


for piano trio


for percussion, 8m

Dulcet Tones

for violin, cello and piano, 10m

Eigene Gestalt

for flute, guitar, cello and piano, 6m


for soprano and chamber orchestra

Friends of Distinction

for piano solo

Going Like Mad

for piano (four hands)


for orchestra, 8m

Great and Small

for piano (four hands)

Group Velocity

for mixed sextet


for trombone, percussion and piano, 8m 30s

Hand to Hand

for percussion sextet, 8m


for marimba/vibraphone and piano, 7m 50s


for two tenors, baritone, bass, countertenor, male chorus and chamber ensemble, 1h

Incident Tableaux Part One

for orchestra, 10m


for piano trio, 10m

Inward Goes

for solo flute


for trombone quartet

Monolithe Allemand

for piano


for percussion solo

Reverse Assembly

for mixed sextet


for chamber orchestra

Silk Bridge

for solo flute, 5m


for horn solo

Suite for String Quartet

for string quartet


for sho and tenor recorder, 14m 45s

Sweet Nothing

for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 9m

Talking Earth

for brass band

The Charm Offensive

for soprano and orchestra

Three Details

for guitar, pre-recorded electronics and 4-8 sustaining instruments

Triple Concerto

for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, 20m

Violin Concerto

for violin and large ensemble


for vocal soloists, SATB choir and piano, 13m

Water Features

for clarinet, cello and guitar

Wax Lyrical

for chamber octet, 7m

Performances (1)

POSTPONED: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra | Ludwig Reflected #2 (Beethoven 250)

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