Our Artistic Directors

Michael Norris

Artistic Co-Director

Michael Norris is a composer, software developer and music theorist. He teaches composition and sonic arts at Victoria University of Wellington, is editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press, and directs Stroma New Music Ensemble. He was the recipient of the Mozart Fellowship in 2001, the Douglas Lilburn Prize in 2003, the CANZ Trust Fund Award in 2012, and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2014. His works have been performed by musicians/groups such as the Hilversum Radio Chamber Orchestra, Soundinitiative, Ensemble Nikel, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Houstoun, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZTrio, the Viennese Saxophonic Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Reconsil and the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire Wien. Michael's suite of real-time audio effects, SoundMagic Spectral, is widely used in both industry and academia worldwide, by artists such as Aphex Twin and Brian Eno. Michael’s other research interests include post-tonal theory, New Zealand music and the intersection between maths and music.

 

Hamish McKeich

Conductor/Co-Director

An immensely versatile conductor, Hamish McKeich works regularly in Australia and Europe and conducts all the major orchestras in New Zealand, as well as Stroma New Music Ensemble. He has performed in New Zealand, Australia, China, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany with orchestras and chamber ensembles including Elision Ensemble, Metropole Orkest of the Netherlands Radio, Asko Ensemble of Holland, Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and the EX Orchestra. From 20022006 he was Associate Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with them to this day. He started his career as a bassoonist with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and studied conducting with legendary teacher and pedagogue Ilya Musin and prominent conductors Valery Gergiev, Sian Edwards and Peter Eötvös. McKeich was a finalist of the Gergiev Festival Conductors Masterclass, under the guidance of Professor Ilya Musin and Valery Gergiev. He has given more than 80 world premieres of new works and is highly regarded for his contemporary and experimental performances with New Zealand’s two premiere music ensembles, Stroma and 175 East, as well as his innovative programming for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.