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Anthony Young


Born: 1979


Anthony Young graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters Degree in composition in 2004, and has had works performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, the Karlheinz Company, The Committee, Gate7, Tapestry New Opera Works (Toronto) and other performances in the USA and Italy. In 2004 was the joint Composer-in-Residence with the APO.

In 2008, his one-scene opera, The Perfect Match, was made into a short film and screened in Canada and the USA, and in 2009, the APO premiered The Angle of Reflection, a work for soprano and orchestra co-written with Toronto playwright, Leanna Brodie. This creative partnership continued with the one act opera, Ulla’s Odyssey, which won Opera Factory’s Opera Composition Competition open category in 2012. The longer final version won the Flourish competition run by OperaUpClose in London, UK. It was performed in London in October and November 2015, and toured by the company around southern England in 2016.

Other 2015 premieres included his orchestration of Douglas Lilburn’s 9 Short Pieces, commissioned by the APO, and his octet, Cantus Bellorum, commissioned by Diocesan School for Girls, the performance of which won the Statham Award and the national award for a performance of a New Zealand composition in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

He is a member of The Committee, a group of composers from Auckland producing concerts of new music from New Zealand. Anthony is also a conductor, and he was the Musical Director for Sweeney Todd (2010) and The Wizard of Oz (2011) with Peach Theatre Co. For Peach Theatre Co. he has also composed scores for productions of The Glass Menagerie, Equus and Death of a Salesman.

Anthony teaches composition at Auckland high schools, lectures at the University of Auckland School of Music, is an arranger and has sung with the Chapman Tripp NZ Opera Chorus in Auckland.

Composed (35)

13 - Theme and Variations

for organ and orchestra

A Flick of Lights

for bass clarinet with hidden clarinet and soprano, 8m

Arrival in Opoutere

for orchestra, 6m

Be Still

for SATB choir, 3m 30s


for orchestra, 9m


for clarinet quartet, 1m

Death of a Salesman Incidental Music

for flute (doubling alto flute), violin, viola, and cello, 22m


for two clarinets, 1m 20s


for wind quintet, 11m 30s


for chamber ensemble

Leave Your Light On

for solo piano, 5m


for full orchestra, 10m


for choir and concert band


for double reed band (massed oboes and bassoons), 10m

Sumer is Icumen In

for chamber orchestra with four solo violins


for tenor and saxophone quartet, 8m


for E flat clarinet and piano

The Angle of Reflection

a dramatic orchestral song for soprano and orchestra, 13m

The Farewell

for orchestra

The Glass Menagerie

for solo violin

The Perfect Match

a miniature opera for tenor and baritone (and sock puppets), 4m 30s

Theme from "The Glass Menagerie"

for solo violin, 2m 45s


for organ and orchestra, 13m

Three Fanfares

for brass trio, 9m 30s

Three Songs on Poems by Jean Toomer

for soprano and chamber orchestra, 15m

Three Songs on Poems by William Blake

for voice and piano, 8m 30s

Through A Window

chamber opera in one act, 1h 10m


for oboe, bassoon and piano

Ulla's Odyssey

a chamber opera in one act, 50m

Veni creator spiritus

for brass band, 4m 20s

Voi ch'ascoltate in rime sparse

for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in B flat, violin and cello, 7m

Von Tempsky

for taonga puoro and brass band, 17m