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Jessie Leov

Composer

Biography

Originally from Whakatū, Nelson, Jessie is a composer, arranger, and musician with a diverse background in the arts, currently based between Auckland and Waikato. Her work has been commissioned, performed or workshopped by Voices NZ Chamber Choir, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Choir, NZTrio, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Cantorum Chamber Choir, Creative Waikato, Laurel’s Hat Productions and Red Scare Theatre Company.

In 2020 Jessie was the recipient of the annual SOUNZ Community Commission alongside Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus, and the two collaborated to create a new choral work, Call of the Ocean, which premiered at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts in June 2021. She was also awarded the 2020 Douglas Mews Composition Prize for her work, nunc dimittis, for unaccompanied double SATB choir. Another choral work, Let My Country Awake, was premiered by Voices NZ Chamber Choir at NZ Choral Federation’s biennial convention Choral Connect in July 2021. Jessie’s work convergency, for piano trio, was selected as a winning work for the 2021 NZTrio Composing Competition.

Recent commissions include an a cappella work for Auckland-based chamber choir Cantorum, to be premiered at their 2021 Christmas concert, and a commission from Creative Waikato to create a new work for their Kotahitanga initiative. Founded in 2020, this project invites artists from all mediums to submit proposals each year to create new artworks that hold and express the importance of Kotahitanga – a united community against racism. Jessie’s work, three reflections, for voice and piano, prioritises music’s universality and its ability to transcend language, racial and ethnic barriers, and aims to create a vulnerable, poignant space that encourages the listener, or performer, to reflect on how they can extend kotahitanga in their community.

Jessie holds a BMus(Hons) in Composition with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and will soon graduate with a master’s degree, completed under the supervision of Dr Leonie Holmes and Dr David Chisholm.


Composed (1)

Call of the Ocean

for SSAA choir and percussion, 5m 30s