SOUNZ Contemporary Award

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 $3000 and a trophy designed and made by Auckland sculptor Sarah Smuts Kennedy.

It is a collaborative project of both SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music and APRA, the Australasian Performing Right Association.

SOUNZ Contemporary Award Winners since 1998

Year
Name
Composition
1998
Eve de Castro-Robinson
Chaos of Delight III (for women’s choir and orchestra)
1999
Gillian Whitehead
Outrageous Fortune (opera)
2000
Ross Harris
To the Memory of I.S.Totzka (for soprano and chamber ensemble)
2001
Gillian Whitehead
The improbable ordered dance (for orchestra)
2002
John Psathas
View from Olympus (double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra)
2003
Gillian Whitehead
Alice (for mezzo-soprano and orchestra)
2004
John Psathas
Piano Concerto (for piano and orchestra)
2005
Ross Harris
Labyrinth (for tuba and orchestra)
2006
Ross Harris
Symphony II
2007
Eve de Castro Robinson
These Arms To Hold You
2008
Chris Gendall
Wax Lyrical
2009 Ross Harris Symphony III
2010 Chris Cree Brown Inner Bellow
2011 Lyell Cresswell Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 
2012 Alex Taylor [inner]
2013 Karlo Margetic Lightbox