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Kirsten Strom



Kirsten Strom is a young composer, conductor and creative writer. Her work has been performed internationally, commissioned, and aired on national radio. Her current interests include mixed media, work with a conscience and the complex beauty of nature. She looks forward to attending the Royal Academy of Music, London for a Master of Music in Composition.

In 2017 Kirsten was named the Young Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 2018. Her orchestral work Ice was selected for the NZ Composer Sessions 2019 with the NZSO, RNZ and SOUNZ. It won the Orchestra’s Choice Award in the Todd-NZSO Young Composers Awards 2017, was aired on national radio, and was workshopped by the APO in 2016. Her APO commission Wake-Up Call for orchestra and smartphones received enthusiastic responses under the deft batons of Ray Chan and Tianyi Lu, causing the Auckland Town Hall to shake with spontaneous clapping and stomping from the audience.

Kirsten represented New Zealand in the 2018 Asian Composers League Festival in Taiwan as a main category composer. Her choral work Ktisis was premiered by Taipei Chamber Singers directed by CHEN Yun Hung in the stunning National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei.

In 2019 she was selected as a Composer Fellow for Etchings Festival, France, where she received encouragement from excellent mentors Kaija Saariaho, Francesco Filidei, John Aylward and Martin Brody. Her work Radiance was premiered by the fantastic, well-established contemporary group Linéa Ensemble. Earlier that month, Moodscenes for mezzo-soprano was featured in Risuonanze Festival in Trieste, Italy. Her music has also been played by New Zealand chamber groups ACE Brass and Aroha String Quartet, the latter selecting her piece Purity for their recordings in 2015. In May 2017 she won the Antipodes Percussion Project’s Suitcase Composition Competition and Audience Choice Award with Time is Money for coins.

Kirsten has also devised and performed live electronics works. In 2018 she was an artist-in-residence for the Estalagem Live Electronics Residency in Madeira. This saw the premiere of Vento, a new work written during the residency for excellent flautist Keiko Murakami on bass flute and electronics. Her work WAVEring Lines was premiered in 2015 and recorded in 2017 by gifted pianist Bradley Wood and producer Irazema Vera. Her current work Nexus for voice and electronics incorporates a digital doppelganger, exploring ideas of nuanced isomorphism and agency. It has received early praise from sound artists Patricia Alessandrini, Gilbert Nouno, John Coulter and Anne La Berge.

In the future she has concerts and collaborations with the NZSO, Jade Quartet, Koru Quintet and the Aroha String Quartet.

Image credit goes to Thomas Hamill.

Composed (10)


for orchestra


for solo mezzo-soprano, 6m

Pour Espérance

for solo cello


for string quartet, 3m

Songs of the Deep

for solo clarinet in B flat, 3m

Time is Money

for three percussionists, 5m 30s

Two Modal Miniatures

for solo piano


for solo piano

WAVEring Lines

for solo piano

Performances (1)

London's Calling! - A Farewell Concert for Kirsten Strom

Local composer Kirsten Strom has been accepted for a Masters with the prestigious Royal Academy o...