| Helen Bowater|| Composer|
| Victoria University of Wellington|Helen Bowater Wikipedia
Helen Bowater (b. 16 Nov 1952) is a New Zealand composer. She was born in Wellington into a musical family, and studied piano and violin with Gwyneth Brown. In 1982 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music history and ethnomusicology from Victoria University of Wellington. She continued her studies in electroacoustic music with Ross Harris and in composition with Jack Body.
After completing her studies, Bowater worked as a singer, pianist and violinist with ensembles and choirs, and also worked in rock bands Extra Virgin Orchestra and pHonk and with the Victoria University Gamelan Padhang Moncar. She completed residencies at the Nelson School of Music and the Otago University in 1993, and was composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia in 1994, and at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, in 2008-09.
Bowater has published professional articles in journals including Music in New Zealand. Her music has been performed internationally.
Auckland Philharmonia Graduate Composer Workshops 1992
Mozart Fellowship at Otago University 1993
Auckland Philharmonia Composer in Residence 1994
CANZ Trust Fund Award 1997
SOUNZ Contemporary Award 1999
SOUNZ Community Commission 2001
NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 2003
NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 2006
Creative New Zealand/Jack C Richards Composer Residency, New Zealand School of Music 2008
Selected works include:Banshee for two violins, cello and piano
He does not come, setting of 5 poems for soprano and ensemble
Ixion's Wheel for B flat clarinet and piano
Lautari for solo violin
New Year Fanfare for orchestra
River of Ocean for full orchestra
Urwachst for orchestra
Wire Dogs for solo piano
Nekhbet for solo piano
Monkey for Chinese sheng, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, singer, and string quartet