The annual SOUNZ Contemporary Award recognises creativity and inspiration in composition by a New Zealander. 

The SOUNZ Contemporary Award is New Zealand’s premier composition award attracting a prize of $3,000, and a trophy designed and made by Auckland sculptor Sarah Smuts Kennedy.

It is a collaborative project of both SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and APRA AMCOS.

Previous winners

Year Composer Composition
2018  Michael Norris Sygyt
2017  Salina Fisher Torino - echoes on putorino improvisations by Rob Thorne
2016  Salina Fisher Rainphase
2015  Chris Watson sing songs self (for piano and orchestra)
2014  Michael Norris Inner Phases (for Chinese instrument ensemble and string quartet)
2013  Karlo Margetic Lightbox
2012  Alex Taylor [inner]
2011  Lyell Cresswell Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
2010  Chris Cree Brown Inner Bellow
2009  Ross Harris Symphony III
2008  Chris Gendall Wax Lyrical
2007  Eve de Castro Robinson These Arms To Hold You
2006  Ross Harris Symphony II
2005  Ross Harris Labyrinth (for tuba and orchestra)
2004  John Psathas Piano Concerto (for piano and orchestra)
2003  Gillian Whitehead Alice (for mezzo-soprano and orchestra)
2002  John Psathas View from Olympus (double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra)
2001  Gillian Whitehead The Improbable Ordered Dance (for orchestra)
2000  Ross Harris To the Memory of I.S.Totzka (for soprano and chamber ensemble)
1999  Gillian Whitehead Outrageous Fortune (opera)
1998  Eve de Castro-Robinson Chaos of Delight III(for women’s choir and orchestra)




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