Jack Body - Composer-in-Residence — 27.09.11

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has announced Jack Body (Laureate) as the orchestra's Composer-in-Residence for 2012/13.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has announced Jack Body (Laureate) as the orchestra's Composer-in-Residence for 2012/13.

"We take the position of Composer-in-Residence very seriously, and the person filling that position is an important part of the APO family as both a composer and an educator," says Ms Glaser. "Jack Body epitomises the very best of both those worlds and I couldn't be more delighted about his appointment."  Jack Body begins his two-year tenure as the APO's Composer-in-Residence in January 2012.

One of this country's most admired composers, Jack Body has been at the forefront of New Zealand music since the 1960s. He has numerous commissions and performances to his name, and in 2001 became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in acknowledgement of his services to music and photography.  Just retired from his teaching post as Associate Professor of Instrumental/Vocal Composition at the New Zealand School of Music, Prof Body has offered inspiration to generations of New Zealand composers not only by his example but also through his teaching; and as well as composing music for the APO, Prof Body will play an integral role in the orchestra's educational programme.

"I am very much looking forward to my association with the APO," says Jack Body. "So many of my composer friends have had the pleasure of being in residence with this orchestra, and without exception they have told me how rewarding the experience has been, not only for the privilege of having their music performed, but also the sense of being welcomed in to a open, lively and thoroughly creative musical community. The bold, imaginative programming of the APO is admired throughout in the country.

"My most formative period as a musician occurred during the 15 or so years I lived in Auckland and so I see this as a fabulous opportunity to reconnect with the city's cultural life. Having just retired from teaching I am enjoying the prospect of engaging again with young, aspiring composers through the various educational programmes the APO runs. Let the fun begin!"