Alex Taylor

Westlakers Alex Taylor is one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music whose music has been performed by prominent artists including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, 175 East and the NZTrio. Alex was a student at Westlake from 2001-2005 and completed his Masters in Composition under the supervision of Dr Eve de Castro-Robinson and Associate Professor John Elmsly at Auckland University in 2011. His works have been featured in concerts in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Europe.

alex_taylor(5595)_HR colour gareth watkins (3)In 2012 Alex was the youngest recipient to date of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work “Inner” for viola and orchestra, for which he was also awarded the NZSO-Todd Young Composer Award, and the Orchestra’s Choice Award. He has earned numerous prizes and scholarships through Auckland University, including winning the 2009 Lilburn Trust Competition. 2012 saw Alex complete a residency with the NZSO-National Youth Orchestra, and commissions for the NZTrio, 175 East and The Committee.