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Simon Eastwood


Born: 1985 Website  


Composer and bass player Simon Eastwood completed a MMus with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London 2012, where he studied composition with David Sawer and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. He then spent several years working in London also attending residences in Dartington, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Lithuania, before returning to New Zealand in 2015.

As a composer, he cites a wide range of influences on his music from popular culture to the avant-garde. Subsequently, his own compositions encompass a range of styles. Eastwood’s works have been performed around the world by artists including Franck Ollu, Martynas Levickis, CHROMA, Christopher Redgate, Stroma, Rubiks Collective, the New Zealand String Quartet, and The BBC Singers. He also holds a BMus in Double Bass performance and Composition/Sonic Arts from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington as well as a DMA in Composition.

In 2018, Eastwood was the inaugural recipient of the SOUNZ Commission for Emerging Players. His work, Infinity Mirror seeks to evoke intergenerational notions that surround music practice. This ties in with the work that he did with the youth ensemble, Arohanui Strings. He now teaches composition at the New Zealand School of Music, is the President of the Composers' Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and became the Mozart Fellow of Otago University in 2024.

Composed (23)


for alto flute/piccolo, cello and percussion, 9m


for flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin and piano, 8m 30s


for orchestra, 9m


for piano and assistant, 7m

Confiteor Tibi

for choir, 6m

Dark Water

for taonga pūoro and double bass, 7m 10s

Golden Earth

for percussion


for cello and piano

Horror Vacui

for accordion, 3m

Infinity Mirror

for combined youth string orchestra and symphony orchestra


for piano and player inside the piano, 8m

Jericho (Walls)

for brass trio, 5m


for taonga pūoro, saxophone, bass and drums


for string quartet, 5m


for sinfonietta, 9m


for eight cellos

Silver Wind

for percussion

Te Aitanga Pepeke

for taonga puoro and ensemble


for amplified clarinet, double bass, piano and gong, 7m

The Spindle of Necessity

for string quartet, 5m

Triptych for Two

for violin and percussion

White Water

for percussion

Wind Chimes

for flute, 3m

Performances (4)

Orchestra Wellington - Symphony in the Hutt

This gala family concert features music from Star Wars and Moana, along with Frank Sinatra, 'Ness...

STROMA | Sonic Portraits

An evening of intimate chamber music, with five exciting composers from NZ and overseas, in the b...

Film screening and performance: Te Kooti Trail (1927)

This a rare opportunity to see _Te Kooti Trail_ (1927) on the big screen. Organised by Adam Art G...

SMP Ensemble Presents: Shimmers

SMP Ensemble presents a concert showcasing the wealth of emerging performance-based and compositi...