ROSA ELLIOTT COMPOSER

 

Rosa has an “incredible way with haunting melodies, matched perfectly with choral colours.”

Isaac Stone - Voices NZ Associate Conductor

 

ABOUT

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.

 

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Rosa Elliott

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.

 
 

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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."

NZYC CONCERT REVIEW

Arpil 30, 2018

Rosa Elliott's 'Those Others' is described as a "fine composition with delicate accompaniment."

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.

WELLINGTON CHOIR CELEBRATES MUSIC OF WOMEN HIDDEN FROM THE SPOTLIGHT

May 18, 2018

Isaac Stone discusses Supertonic's upcoming choral concert, including three new works by Rosa Elliott.

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.

2020 NZ COMPOSER SESSIONS

May 14, 2020

I am honoured to have been selected for the NZSO NZ Composer Sessions this year for my three orchestral songs.

 

CONTACT

Feel free to contact me regarding commissions, performing works, access to scores, or other inquiries.

 
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