Talented composer shortlisted for SOUNZ Award

23 August 2018
Leonie Holmes
Leonie Holmes. Photo by Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Senior Lecturer Leonie Holmes from the School of Music has been named as a finalist for the 2018 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, celebrating excellence in composition, for her work Dance of the Wintersmith.

Now in its 20th year, the award recognises New Zealand compositions demonstrating outstanding levels of creativity and inspiration and has been presented in collaboration with APRA AMCOS NZ since 1998.

It is the second time Leonie has been nominated for the award, having previously been shortlisted in 2014 for her composition Aquae Sulis.

The finalists were selected by a judging panel comprising independent industry representatives, including New Zealanders Justine Cormack, Bridget Douglas, Ronan Tighe and Kenneth Young, alongside international composer representative Annea Lockwood (USA/NZ).

Leonie joins two other finalists - Rosie Langabeer for Occulmente and Michael Norris for Sygyt – from a total pool of 51 entries, created by 37 composers.

“The submitted works were really compelling, stylistically broad in range and fascinating to dig into,” says judge, Annea Lockwood. “It was not so easy to select only three pieces but I felt that those we chose were strong, exciting, choices.”

Leonie’s nominated work, Dance of the Wintersmith for violin and piano, was inspired by Terry Pratchett’s book of the same name and was written for Andrew Beer and Sarah Watson.

“I’m really delighted that ‘Dance of the Wintersmith’ has been nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award,” says Leonie. “I was gifted with fantastic performers, who commissioned the work and then played it with such integrity. I’m also delighted that the comparatively intimate canvas of a duo has been recognised in this way, and has managed to communicate and touch listeners.”

The winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award will be announced at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards held at Spark Arena in Auckland on Thursday 4 October.

For more information visit Leonie Holmes, https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1052

Dance of the Wintersmith, https://www.sounz.org.nz/works/23427