Student named NZSO youth composer

02:52, Nov 22 2012
Sam Foster
Wellington student Sam Logan, who has been named NZSO Youth Orchestra's composer-in-residence.

Wellington student Sam Logan has been chosen as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's youth composer-in-residence for the next year.

The 23-year-old's composer's work will be premiered during the NZSO National Youth Orchestra residency in August 2013.

Mr Logan, originally from Blenheim, is promising some "big, bad and boisterous" music. He has achieved grade seven on both guitar and piano and now enjoys what he calls "80s-style electric guitar shredding".

"I learnt by watching YouTube videos and I think I've played classical guitar in just about every winery in the Marlborough region. The guitar and piano are not staple orchestral instruments, but they are definitely great composition tools," Mr Logan says.

After studying at the School of Music in Wellington in 2008, Mr Logan is now working towards a masters degree at Victoria University.

His CV includes appearing in a television commercial with Iggy Pop, and having compositions played by the New Zealand String Quartet and the NZSM Orchestra.

Mr Logan said this would be his most challenging opportunity to date. "Writing music for any orchestra, and then getting the chance to hear your music back in the full force of 60 or more musicians, is a phenomenal experience. I'm really excited and honoured to work with such a talented ensemble."

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra composer-in-residence must be a New Zealand resident under 30 years of age.


The Dominion Post