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8 May 2017

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 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

Please click here for more about the competition





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20 March 2017

The NZ Harp Duo is pleased to announce that we will be performing two new exciting compositions for harp duo as part of our 2017 concert series.  Adam Bow and Rakuto Kurano are two young New Zealand composers that won the NZ Harp Duo composition competition in 2016.

To hear the premiere of their new works, Anri’s Lullaby by Adam Bow and Angelic Glow by Rakuto Kurano, attend either our evening concert on Saturday 22nd of April or our afternoon concert on Sunday 30th of April.

Cick here for more about the competition winners.

Click here for concert details.






1 October 2016

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.

Please click here for more about the competition winners.







20 August 2016

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 2017. Two first prizes will be awarded, one for each category.

Closing date: entries must be received by midnight on the 19th August. Winners will be notified by 30th of September

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



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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







Original composition, by Rakuto Kurano, Angelic Glow, performed by the New Zealand Harp Duo in St Peter's on Willis, Wellington. 22/4/2017






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"These young women are amazing in their skills, and a credit to their teacher, Carolyn Mills. Their playing seemed impeccable, and the range of techniques astonishing. St. Peter’s proved to be an excellent venue for such a concert, the bright acoustic enhanced by all the wood panelling and seating. There was much brilliance here from two highly skilled and talented performers..." - Rosemary Collier - www.middle-c.org.nz