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Tabea Squire


Born: 1989


Tabea Squire (b. 1989) has a BMus, a GradDip and Honours in performance from the New Zealand School of Music, where she studied for five and a half years under Helene Pohl.

She has been commissioned to write works for the Manawatu Sinfonia, the Wellington Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the Recorders and Early Music Union, and the NZSQ in collaboration with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra. She has also been informally commissioned to write works for 'Duo Giocoso' of Wellington (ROSL competition winners of 2009), Josh Rogan of Melbourne, harpist Ingrid Bauer, student violinists, and the four harpists at the NZSM in 2012. She has had works performed in all the major cities of New Zealand, and also at the 2012 Australian Harp Festival in Adelaide, in Melbourne, and in London.

Her works have been performed by a number of professional and amateur groups, including the SMP ensemble of Wellington, the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, the Hawke's Bay Orchestra, the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Duo Giocoso, and informal groups of diverse instrumentations.

She has been a finalist at the NZSM Composers' competition five times, winning runner-up prizes four times out of the five. She was the NZSO/NYO Young composer-in-residence in 2008, and is so far the youngest to have been the awarded this residency. She has had pieces workshopped at the NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards four times, and was awarded 'commended' and 'highly commended' in separate years of the awards.

Awards: NZSM Composers' Competition runner-up 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 NZSM Composers' Competition finalist 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 NZSO/NYO Young composer-in-residence, 2008 NZSO/Todd Young Composer Awards finalist, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 NZCT National Secondary Schools' Chamber Music Composition Competition winner, 2006 Big Sing composition competition winner, 2006

"The...composer's orchestral ingenuity was as astounding as her assurance" -William Dart

Composed (17)


for orchestra, 10m


four duos for Chinese and Western instruments

Colour Lines

for professional orchestra and amateur string ensemble

Contemporary Duets

for two violins, 20m

Dream Bird

for solo harp, 5m


for full orchestra

Glimpses of Other Worlds

for solo piano


for flute, viola and harp, 8m


for string quartet

Morgenstern Lieder

for SSAA choir, 8m


for four harps


for piano or harp, 7m

Reto Doble

for violin and viola


for solo trumpet, 2m 30s

Solo Duo Trio

for two violins and piano, 8m

The Water-bear Sleeps

for orchestra, 6m


for orchestra