Michael Norris is Programme Leader, Composition at the New Zealand School of Music. He holds composition degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London. In 2003, Michael won the Douglas Lilburn Prize, a nationwide competition for orchestral composers. He has participated in composition courses featuring leading composers such as Peter Eötvös, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Kaija Saariaho. His chamber orchestra work Sgraffito was commissioned by the SWR (Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk) and premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010 by the Radio Chamber Orchestra Hilversum, conducted by Peter Eötvös. In 2008, Michael organised the CANZ Composers Conference at the New Zealand School of Music, and is Secretary General of the Asian Composers League. Michael maintains many active connections with performers, ensembles and composers worldwide, especially in Vienna, where he often spends time.