ROSA ELLIOTT COMPOSER
Rosa has an “incredible way with haunting melodies, matched perfectly with choral colours.”
Isaac Stone - Voices NZ Associate Conductor
Rosa Elliott is 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 New Zealand Trio Composition Competition for her piano trio '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?' which will be recorded this year by the NZSO as part of the NZ Composer Recording Sessions. Rosa is also interested in sonic arts, and was a composer and performer for the Word Festival performance, 'Free Radicals', for her piece for women’s choir and fixed media.
Rosa was a winner of the SOUNZ Big Sing Competition in 2015 for her choral work 'Requiem', which has been performed by several high school choirs at subsequent Big Sing competitions. Rosa has since been recognised in particular for her choral composition. 'Those Others' was premiered by the New Zealand Youth Choir at the Choral Connect conference in 2017, and has been performed frequently by NZYC during their three-year cycle. In 2018, Rosa was commissioned by Supertonic to write three new choral works, followed by a commission to write 'Cry the Wounded Land' for the New Zealand Secondary School’s Choir in 2019. Written in memory of the March 15th mosque shootings, the piece had a visceral impact on both choir and audience during their south island tour.
Rosa was given the opportunity to attend the Oxford University Composing for Choirs Summer School in 2019, from which the performance of her work 'Out of Reach' by the Bowling Green State University choir in Ohio was made possible.
CRY THE WOUNDED LAND
Commission for the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir.
Lyrics and karanga by Hinekoia Tomlinson.
Directed by Sue Densem.
Soloist - Lesieli Katoa
Performed by the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir, 5th October 2019, at St Mary's Pro Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand.
IN THE NEWS
WORD CHRISTCHURCH: FREE RADICALS REVIEW
August 20, 2018
Brett Johansen reviews the Free Radical's performance, including Rosa's work 'In Feminea Forma' for choir and fixed media. Johansen describes the piece as one that "moves between beauty and chaos, and draws the range of ideas and feelings evoked by the diverse parts of the concert together into one piece."
SONGS FOR SISTERS - CONCERT REVIEW
May 20, 2018
Lindis Taylor reviews Supertonic's concert featuring three works by Rosa Elliott. Taylor says: "By the end I was won over by the unusual character of this trio of songs, their confident, surprisingly grounded feeling. I think they have a life."
NEW ZEALAND YOUTH CHOIR ON RNZ
September 10, 2017
Listen to the New Zealand Youth Choir perform Rosa's 'Those Others', alongside other works in their concert at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington, 2017.
SUPERTONIC CELEBRATES FEMALE COMPOSERS
May 18, 2018
RNZ interview with Rosa Elliott and Isaac Stone about Supertonic's female-composer focused concert, and the three new commissions by Rosa Elliott.