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.

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Kenneth Young

Mozart Fellow 2020

Kenneth Young is one of the country’s most wide-ranging and distinguished musicians.

His compositions have been regularly commissioned by the NZSO, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Music NZ, and this year he premiered his first opera Man, Sitting in a Garden, written for international tenor Simon O’Neill and the Auckland Philharmonia.

He has received many major music awards, both as conductor and producer, and has conducted orchestras both here and overseas.

He was principal tuba with the NZSO and has had a long involvement as brass tutor and lecturer at the NZ School of Music / University of Victoria in music, composition, orchestration and conducting.

Young says the Fellowship will give him the “space, time and support” to undertake two large projects he has been considering for some time: a new one-act opera and a fourth symphony.

He will relocate to Dunedin for the Fellowship.

“This pleases me greatly because, although I have had no official connection with the University of Otago previously, I have collaborated on various projects with members of the Music department over the years, and I have also regularly conducted the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra for the past 30 years, and I love the city. I’m very excited and grateful.”


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