JOHN PSATHAS | ONZM | Arts Laureate of New Zealand | SOUNZ Contemporary Award Winner | APRA Member since 1988
John Psathas is one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed composers. His passionate and exuberant music has been performed by Dame Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Redman and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra among many others.
In 2000, Grammy award winning saxophonist Michael Brecker’s premiere of John’s saxophone concerto ‘Omnifenix’ brought Psathas’ name to international attention, but perhaps his most notable accomplishment to date has been the ceremonial music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Currently a Professor of Music at the NZ School of Music, John is now working on a global multi-media project – ‘No Man’s Land’ - that marks the centenary of World War 1, where musicians descended from opposing forces of the Great War will be brought together in a musical performance on the battlefields of WWI.