Alex Taylor

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer

Alex Taylor is a composer and musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. His works have been performed by prominent artists and ensembles in New Zealand and abroad, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Enso Quartet, 175 East, NZTrio, the Taipei Chamber Singers, and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He received the 2012 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his orchestral work [inner].

As well as composing, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, poet, critic, lecturer, conductor and impresario. He teaches at the University of Auckland, and co-directs the hear|say performance group with Eve de Castro-Robinson. His opera based on David Herkt's The Last Delirium of Arthur Rimbaud will be staged in 2017 by Unstuck Opera.

Everything By: Alex Taylor


What Would Jack Do?: A Review of "Passio"

Alex Taylor finds an exquisite corpse exhumed.


Yellowface jeopardises Gilbert and Sullivan’s true legacy


Review: NZ Opera's Sweeney Todd

New Zealand Opera's foray into musical theatre is a powerful, bloodthirsty success - so why hasn't it been selling out?


Review: The Magic Flute

New Zealand Opera's production of 'The Magic Flute' whitewashes most of the show's problematic aspects, giving us a production that's awkwardly blind to 21st-century concerns, writes Alex Taylor.


Composer Alex Taylor in conversation with poet Steven Toussaint


Review: Real Fake White Dirt

Like a blunt instrument to the solar plexus, Jess Holly Bates' poetry collection 'Real Fake White Dirt' knocks us for six with the force of her soapbox charisma and devastatingly keen analysis of the current state of affairs. Following its Edinburgh Fringe innings, Alex Taylor whets Wellington audiences for its live return next year.


Review: Halcyon Ghosts

Sam Sampson's Halcyon Ghosts rushes between the microscopic and the celestial, at a scale and breadth that delights.


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