This year's Creative New Zealand Composer-in-Residency at Wellington's Victoria University is one of our most gifted young composers Salina Fisher. Salina's just returned to New Zealand this month from New York where she completed a Master of Music in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, along the way winning the prestigious Carl Kanter Award in Orchestral Composition.
Salina however is no stranger to awards. In 2016 she was the youngest winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for composition, and the following year she won it again. Last year the NZSO commissioned a major orchestral piece from her - Tupaia inspired by the great Polynesian navigator that Captain Cook encountered on his voyage.
Salina has a rather busy September coming up. There's the Murmuring Light having its NZ premiere with the APO, a completed piece touring with Chamber Music New Zealand, and the New Zealand premiere of Salina's work Kingfisher with ensemble Stroma. And Coastlines the work we preview at the beginning of this item is available as a free download for the rest of the month on our website at Podcast Classics.