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The New Zealand Harp Duo are pleased to announce a competition for a new composition for two concert harps. The winning compositions will be performed as part of the NZ Harp Duo’s concert series in 2018.

Two first prizes will be awarded, one for each category.

Closing date: entries must be received by midnight on the 1st September 2017

Winners will be notified by 17th of November 2017

Full scores together with indicative or mockup audio files are required.

Category 1: 2-4 minutes
Must be currently enrolled in secondary school
Prize money $300

Category 2: 4-8 minutes
Under 30 years of age
Prize money $600



2016 NZ Harp Duo composition competition
Congratulations to  Adam Bow and Rakuto Kurano, winners of the 2016 NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition. We are very pleased to be performing their compositions in 2017! As well as awarding these two fabulous composers their prize money of $300 and $600, respectively.

Thank you very much to our esteemed judges: Carolyn Mills, Kenneth Young and Ingrid Bauer.


Adam Bow
Winner of the 'under 30' category in the NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition 2016, for his composition titled 'Anri’s Lullaby.
Adam Bow writes of 'Anri's Lullaby': "The two main areas I wanted to explore with the piece were harmonic tension between tonality and more ambiguous/complex harmonies and the interaction between the two instruments. Throughout Anri’s Lullaby, I aimed to keep the feel in a somewhat constant flux between harmonic stability and harmonic complexity while still allowing melodic content to flow through it."


Rakuto Kurano
Winner of the 'secondary schools' category in the NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition 2016, for his composition titled 'Angelic Glow'.
Rakuto Kurano writes that 'Angelic Glow' is "intended to depict Angels that fly around above the clouds. Angels that fly together up in the skies and create a glow in the sky, which can be seen at night. The glow is only seen by those who carry a heart of purity."





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Adam Bow and Rakuto Kurano, winners of the 2016 NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition with the NZ Harp Duo
 Jennifer Newth and Michelle Velvin
St Peters on Willis, 22 April 2017













Angelic Glow, Rakuto Kurano
Original composition, Angelic Glow performed by the New Zealand Harp Duo in St Peter's on Willis, Wellington, 22 April 2017