Composers Famous Composers from New Zealand

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List of notable or famous composers from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in New Zealand and even some popular composers who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from New Zealand is included when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Bret McKenzie and Gillian Whitehead.

This historic composers from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from New Zealand?" These prominent composers of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi composers.

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Blake Feehan

Blake Feehan is a composer. ...more on Wikipedia

Bret McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from New Zealand
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Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. McKenzie served as music supervisor for two Muppet films, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, the former of which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Man or Muppet". As an actor, he is known for portraying Lindir in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, respectively: in the first he remained unnamed with fans naming him Figwit, a character originally cast as an extra who gained attention thanks to the trilogy's fan ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 42

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

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David Long

David Long is a musician, composer and producer. He has worked on all of Peter Jackson’s films of the last decade. In 2009 he composed additional score for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. For the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey he wrote ‘Misty Mountain’, a song for the dwarves that also features as the major theme in the score and was used as the basis for the credits song by Neil Finn. He wrote music and created musical sound design for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. In 2013 composed the score for Beyond the Edge, Gardening With Soul that premiered in the Wellington Film Festival. In 2012 three films were released that he scored: Robert Sarkies’s Two Little ...more on Wikipedia

Denis Arthur Smalley is a composer of electroacoustic music, with a special interest in acousmatic music. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 73

Birthplace: Nelson, New Zealand

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