Discipline: Music Composition

Miriama Young

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004

A dual-national Australian-New Zealand composer with a strong international presence, over the past 20 years Miriama Young’s chamber, orchestral, and electro-acoustic work has been programmed by highly-respected ensembles and performers across the UK (e.g. Scottish Opera), the U.S. (e.g. So Percussion), Australia (e.g. Sydney Symphony), Europe (e.g. Snapdragon duo), and New Zealand (e.g. Stroma; Strike Percussion). Her film soundtrack attracted awards at major festivals worldwide, her installations have been featured at Vivid Sydney, New York’s Puffin Room, and New York’s Gallery 138, and radio work commissioned and premiered on National Public Radio, the ABC (Australia), and Radio New Zealand. Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music was awarded Album of the Year in 2000, and she has represented New Zealand at the industry’s most significant worldwide event: International World Music Days Festival.

She composes chamber and orchestral music, as well as cross-disciplinary work for interactive installations, film, dance, radio, Apps, live electronics, and fixed media. Her work seamlessly combines technology, soundscape, interactivity, field recordings, and sound art with live acoustic instruments to produce unique sound worlds.

A Fulbright scholar, Miriama attained degrees from The New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Now based in Victoria, Australia, she teaches at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.



Miriama Young worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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