New Zealand composer and musician Salina Fisher has racked yet another achievement – having the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra play one of her compositions.
The 25-year-old, who is currently taking a master of music in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, said the request from the orchestra also came as a surprise to her. “I’d just moved to New York to experience what the music scene was like and I really wasn’t expecting to get a call from someone organising this concert,” Fisher told Newshub.
The composition, titled ‘Tōrino’, was co-created with Rob Thorne and features Māori instrument pūtōrino.
This wasn’t the first recognition for Fisher, who has been composing and playing piano and violin since childhood. In 2016 she won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her work ‘Rainphase’, being the youngest person ever to receive the honour. Her music has been performed by ensembles across the world, including in the US, Russia, Canada and Germany.
Fisher is due to finish her study in May and return to New Zealand afterwards.