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Kenneth Young

Kenneth Young is one of New Zealand’s leading conductors and composers. He maintains a career in New Zealand and Australia while also conducting in Japan and Europe. He has received considerable recognition for his recordings of New Zealand and Australian orchestral music. His strong ties with the band movement in New Zealand began with Woolston Brass at the age of seven. He was a member until his appointment as Principal Tuba of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 25 years before pursuing a free-lance career as conductor/composer in 2001. He has a substantial catalogue of works for band; the most recent being his Symphony #3 for orchestra and band which premiered in 2014. He was Music Director of the National Youth Band of New Zealand in 2002 and 2004-2006. He also guest conducts leading bands throughout New Zealand. Since 1988, he has been a member of the music faculty of the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University Wellington where he lectures in conducting and composition. In 2004, Young was awarded the Lilburn Trust Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music.

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