Alex Taylor


Alex Taylor is a composer and musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. His works have been performed and commissioned by prominent artists and ensembles in New Zealand and abroad, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, Enso Quartet, 175 East, NZTrio, the Taipei Chamber Singers, and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He received the 2012 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his orchestral work [inner], and in 2016 received an Arts Foundation New Generation Award. As well as composing, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, poet, critic, lecturer, conductor and impresario. He is the music writer for arts journal the Pantograph Punch, has taught at the University of Auckland and Unitec, and co-directs the hear|say performance group with Eve de Castro-Robinson. Recent commissions include concerti for bassoon, horn and flute, and an opera based on David Herkt’s The Last Delirium of Arthur Rimbaud. He was a composition fellow of the 2017 Tanglewood Music Center.

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Featured Works

[inner], for viola and orchestra.

Julia Joyce (viola) with the NZSO, conducted by Hamish McKeich

Featured in New Zealand Waves (Special Edition 2018)