The Mozart Fellowship

The Mozart Fellowship was established in 1969 to aid and encourage composers of music in the practice and advancement of their art, to associate them with the life of the University and to foster an interest in contemporary music within the University and in the community. The work of the Mozart Fellow may be performed in concert during their Fellowship year.

The annual, 12-month Fellowship provides a studio/office space and not less than the minimum salary of a fulltime university lecturer. It is open to composers who are normally resident in New Zealand who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, have demonstrated their ability and talent, and the intention of pursuing a career in music, and would benefit from holding the Fellowship.

Previous Fellowship recipients since 2008

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Chris Gendall

Mozart Fellow 2016 and 2017

Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, Chris Gendall studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition programme. He was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music for 2010–11. His work Wax Lyrical was the winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2008.

Chris Gendall’s works have resulted in performances in Europe, Asia, North and South America, by such performers as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stroma, NZTrio, the New Juilliard Ensemble and the New Zealand String Quartet. His work Wax Lyrical was the winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2008.


Chris was the Mozart Fellow for 2016, and is delighted to continue in the role for a second year.

“Dunedin is kind to its artists, providing enough time and space to bite off more than you could normally chew, and in environs both charming and stimulating. I'll be working away at a few pieces; some solo, some orchestral music, and a new adventure in the world of brass bands.”

Read an Otago Daily Times article about Chris. ODT, 26 January 2017


“I am rapt to be Mozart Fellow. I look forward to involving myself in some of the goings-on at the Music Department, and absorbing some of Dunedin’s artistic atmosphere,” he says.

“Uninterrupted time to compose is such a luxury; I hope to be able to do as much as possible! I’ll start by finishing off a new violin concerto and a work for solo percussion.”


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