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Kenneth Young

Kenneth Young is one of New Zealand’s leading conductors, as well as a horn player and composer. As a conductor, he has established himself as a passionate and skilled interpreter of the Romantic and 20th-Century repertoire.

Recordings featuring Kenneth Young

Elusive Dreams: New Zealand Piano Music
New music for solo piano

MMT2010, Released 2000
 
Farquhar: Three Symphonies
2nd Generation New Zealand Symphonies

MMT2060, Released 2004
 
Farr: Ruaumoko
New symphonic music by Farr

MMT2042, Released 2006
 
Farr: Sea Gongs
Classic symphonic works by Farr

MMT2021, Released 1997
 
Hindson: Modern Objects
Australian rising stars: Naoko Miyamoto & Matthew Hindson

TRI3004, Released 2008
 
Island Song: Beautiful New Zealand Music
New Zealand music compilation

MMT2044, Released 2010
 
Landscapes: New Zealand Orchestral Music
Favourite symphonic works from New Zealand

MMT2037, Released 2001
 
Opera Kings, Gods and Mortals
Arias for tenor and chamber orchestra

MMT2022, Released 1997
 
Spirit of the Land: New Zealand Choral Music
Music and words inspired by the New Zealand landscape

MMT2065, Released 2006
 
Young: Orchestral Works
New symphonic music by Young

MMT2027, Released 1998
 

Biography

Kenneth Young is one of New Zealand’s leading conductors. He has established himself as a passionate and skilled interpreter of the Romantic and 20th-Century repertoire, and twenty years of practical orchestral playing have given him a specialised rapport with his colleagues. Himself a composer, he has a particular interest in post-Romantic repertoire, and he has received recognition for his recordings of New Zealand orchestral music.

Young took up the position of Principal Tuba with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1976, and his experience as a conductor with the NZSO dates from 1985, culminating in his appointment as the orchestra’s Conductor-in-Residence early in 1993. He has worked with all the regional orchestras throughout New Zealand, and his engagements with the NZSO and the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra have included highly acclaimed recordings of the orchestral works of Edwin Carr and Gareth Farr, and opera excerpts with the New Zealand tenor Keith Lewis. He has also regularly conducted seasons with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Outside New Zealand, Young has worked with the Queensland Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the City of Osaka Sinfonia and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

As a composer, Young has written music at the commission of Chamber Music New Zealand, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the International Festival of the Arts and Radio New Zealand have been performed nationwide and also in the United States, Europe and Australia.In 2004, Young was awarded a Lilburn Trust Citation Award for Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music.



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