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Congratulations to  George Smith and Rakuto Kurano, winners of the 2017 NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition. We are very excited to be performing their compositions in 2018! As well as awarding these two wonderful composers their prize money of $300 and $600, respectively.

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


George Smith
Winner of the 'under 30' category in the NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition 2017, for his composition titled Lady of the Lake. George writes "'Lady of the Lake... was inspired from the Arthurian legend when a ghostly and mysterious lady emerged from a lake to give King Arthur his legendary sword Excalibur."



Rakuto Kurano
Winner of the 'secondary schools' category in the NZ Harp Duo Composition Competition 2017, for his composition titled 'Cloud'.
Rakuto Kurano writes that 'Cloud'  "is a piece about a cloud that floats around and explores the world. The cloud eventually turns into water vapour and disappears.




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."

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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."


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