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A New Commission Piece

In 2021 Anita Banbury commissioned a new piece from Jessie Leov as part of her passion for supporting New Zealand composers. Due to Covid restrictions Cantorum were not able to perform her piece, but we are aiming to do so at our Christmas concert on 10 December 2022.

Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Jessie Leov is a composer, musician, and music educator with a diverse background in the arts. Her work has been performed, work shopped or commissioned by groups including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Choir, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZTrio, Red Scare Theatre Company, Celebris Ensemble (USA) and Creative Waikato.

Jessie’s recent work for piano trio, convergency, was a winning work of the 2021 NZTrio AudioVisualise Composing Competition and was premiered by NZTrio in Auckland in May 2022.

Her orchestral work, marble, bark, silver, was selected to be recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington at the 2022 NZ Composer Sessions, an annual collaboration between the NZSO, RNZ Concert and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.

Jessie completed a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Auckland in 2021 under the supervision of Dr Leonie Holmes and Dr David Chisholm.

August 2022

Supporting New Zealand Composers

Musical Director Anita Banbury has a passion for supporting New Zealand composers. For the third year, through funding gifted by Anita, Cantorum has commissioned a new piece of music from an up and coming composer, which will premiered at our Christmas concert.

This year our composer is Rosa Elliott, a young composer from Christchurch, where she recently completed a BMUS and BA at the University of Canterbury majoring in Composition and English Literature. Rosa is currently completing her Honours in Composition at the University of Auckland.

In 2017, Rosa was recognised as a winner of the NZTrio Composition Competition for Voices of the Air. Rosa has since won two Douglas Lilburn Composition Prizes for her works Landfall for solo percussion, and What Have You Done to Your Rivers? for chamber orchestra, which is to be recorded by the NZSO in September 2020 as part of the NZ Composer Recording Sessions.

July 2020

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