NZSM student wins NZSO residency

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Released: 21 Nov 2012
Filed under: Composition | Honours and Awards | Student

NZSM postgraduate student Sam Logan promises some “big, bad and boisterous” music when his original work is premiered during his NZSO National Youth Orchestra residency in August 2013.

Sam has been announced as the 2013 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence and he will write must a 10-15 minute work for the opening of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra concert. He intends to build on the experience he has had in writing for orchestra through winning the David Farquhar Composition Prize at NZSM in 2011.

"The Farquhar prize allowed me the opportunity to write a work for the NZSM Orchestra to perform this year," Sam explains. "Lost Island was premiered by the orchestra in their May concert at St Andrew's on The Terrace. It was fantastic to hear my composition being played by the full orchestra and I was able to include the work in my portfolio submission to the NZSO."

Currently he is working towards a Master's degree at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music under the supervision of Dr David Cosper and Prof John Psathas and has studied composition with Kenneth Young and Michael Norris. Studying composition at NZSM has allowed him the opportunity to have his compositions workshopped by the New Zealand String Quartet as well as a diverse range of student ensembles.

“To be given the opportunity to write for an ensemble of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra’s calibre is awesome. In fact, as I found out in May this year, writing music for any orchestra and then getting the chance to hear your music back with the full force of 60 or more musicians, is a phenomenal experience. I’m really excited and honoured to work with such a talented ensemble,” Sam says.

The “Blenheim-born and raised” musician is as competent at playing the guitar and piano as he is at composing. "I think I’ve played classical guitar in just about every winery in the Marlborough region. The guitar and piano are not staple orchestral instruments but they are definitely great composition tools.”

After “tinkering” on the piano as a child, Sam started writing music at High School but it wasn’t until he began his studies at NZSM in 2008 that he got into “writing music in a big way”. Now, Sam plays an active part in the late-night Wellington live music scene performing in bands at major clubs and performance venues and he’s even appeared with Iggy Pop in a national TV commercial!


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