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2004 News & Features

Dec 31st, 2004

Psathas appointed Officer of ONZM
John Psathas has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2005 New Zealand Royal New Year Honours list.

Dec 20th, 2004

Psathas included on ?New Zealander of the Year? list
The New Zealand Herald has published its list of contenders for ?New Zealander of the Year?, including John Psathas among the top ten.

Oct 27th, 2004

Psathas a winner at APRA Silver Scroll Awards
John Psathas? Piano Concerto was the winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary award at the 2004 APRA Silver Scroll Award ceremony in Wellington.

Oct 22nd, 2004

Two premieres in all-Farr programme
The New Zealand Army Band and the Strike percussion ensemble are to join forces in a forthcoming programme devoted to the music of Gareth Farr.

Oct 14th, 2004

James Ledger in Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange
Perth-based composer James Ledger is to spend a month in New Zealand as composer-in-residence with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Oct 13th, 2004

Second 2004 opera premiere for Anthony Ritchie
Recent premieres for Anthony Ritchie include?surely remarkably for a New Zealand composer!?the second of his operas to have been staged in 2004, a new choral work, and the first New Zealand performances of his String Quartet no.2.

Oct 12th, 2004

?Tui? Award the tip of the iceberg for John Psathas
The past 12 months have been hectically busy for composer John Psathas. Having gained sudden prominence after being revealed as the composer of the music for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens, further recognition has come with the 'Tui' award for 'Best Classical Album' at the 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Sep 22nd, 2004

Psathas CD wins Classical Award
Fragments, a recording of chamber music by John Psathas, won the ?Best Classical Album? category at the 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Aug 14th, 2004

Olympic Games Opening Ceremony features music by John Psathas
The music of composer John Psathas was heard at the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on 13 August 2004. Mr Psathas has composed and arranged music to accompany parts of the opening ceremonies.

Jul 8th, 2004

Paul Stanhope wins international composing award
On 30 May 2004 Australian composer Paul Stanhope won first prize in the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo, Japan.

Jun 24th, 2004

Firestarters 2 now in preparation
Following the success of Firestarters 1, the introductory collection of piano miniatures for less advanced players by Promethean Editions? composers, Firestarters 2 is scheduled for release in late 2004. The volume includes music by Ross Harris, Anthony Ritchie and Penelope Axtens (NZ), and Matthew Hindson, Stuart Greenbaum and James Ledger (Australia).

Jun 1st, 2004

New commssions and recordings for Gareth Farr
Projects currently in the pipeline for Gareth Farr include two new CD recordings devoted exclusively to his music (recent orchestral works and a percussion recital) and a number of commissions.

Jun 1st, 2004

Volume 2 of Pruden Collected Edition in production
The second in the 10-volume Larry Pruden Collected Edition, Occasional Music for Brass, is currently in production and scheduled for release in late 2004.

Jun 1st, 2004

Two major orchestral study scores scheduled for release
The scores of B?la Bart?k?s Viola Concerto (Erd?lyi reconstruction and orchestration) and New Zealand composer Jack Body?s remarkable Pulse will be released in August and July of 2004, respectively.

May 14th, 2004

LA Phil. to give US premiere of View from Olympus
The US premiere of John Psathas? double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra, View from Olympus, is to be given by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in May 2005.

May 10th, 2004

Three new Gareth Farr percussion titles released
A work for percussion and piano and two pieces for solo marimba by Gareth Farr are the latest additions to the Promethean Editions percussion catalogue.

May 7th, 2004

Centenary celebrations marked by concerto commission
Gareth Farr has been commissioned to compose a percussion concerto to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wellington Town Hall.

May 4th, 2004

John Psathas? new Piano Concerto reviewed
John Psathas? new Piano Concerto has been given its first performances by Stephen Gosling with the NZSO.

Apr 2nd, 2004

UMP appointed as UK distributor and sub-publisher
A new agreement with UMP sees the sales, rental and copyright catalogues of Promethean Editions exclusively distributed throughout the UK and Ireland. UMP is a publisher and distributor of classical sheet music and is well known as the representative in the UK and Ireland for all the major French music publishers, as well as publishing their own British-based catalogue of works by innovative contemporary composers.

Apr 1st, 2004

Major Netherlands premiere for John Psathas
Zeibekiko, a work conceived and created for the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble by John Psathas in celebration of the heritage of Greek music from antiquity and the present day, received its premiere performance in the Netherlands on 21 April 2004. The internationally-renowned NBE was joined by Greek traditional musicians Manos Achalinotopoulos and Vagelis Karypis to present the programme, which included music by Psathas and the Canadian composer Christos Hatzis.

Feb 6th, 2004

Standing ovation for new work by Anthony Ritchie
Timeless Land by Anthony Ritchie was performed to unanimous acclamation from a full house of 2300 peope at its premiere by the Southern Sinfonia under conductor Ken Young.

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