"...one of this country’s youngest and most widely lauded composers"
– The New Zealand Listener
"For those who know Salina Fisher for her lush and prize-winning orchestral scores, her new Mono no aware was a revelation, beautifully played by De Pledge and Barley, who introduced it from the heart. The young New Zealand composer's sensitivity to detail and gesture well evoked the transient pleasures of life, balancing hesitant dialogues of wonderment with outbursts of chilling vehemence"
– New Zealand Herald
"Firstly we heard a wonderfully atmospheric and technically stunning piece by composer in residence Salina Fisher. Rainphase gave us the most graphic representation of water imaginable; from soft percussion, delicate strings and woodwind, and quietly sonorous, and superbly blended, brass. The overall effect was astonishingly evocative"
– Dominion Post, Wellington
Salina Fisher (b.1993) is a New Zealand composer particularly interested in the musical traditions of New Zealand and Japan. Since recently graduating with a Master of Music in Composition from Manhattan School of Music, New York, Salina has been appointed Composer-in-Residence at New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, 2019-2020.
She is the recipient of awards from Fulbright, Creative New Zealand, and The Arts Foundation, and is the youngest ever winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award
(2016, 2017). Her music has been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles including New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, Auckland Philharmonia, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and International Contemporary Ensemble.
In 2017 Salina represented New Zealand at the ISCM World Music Days in Vancouver with Tōrino – echoes on pūtōrino improvisations by Rob Thorne, and also won ‘Best Score’ at the Canberra Short Film Festival (International Category) for her score to NZ short film Misimpressions. As a violinist, Salina has performed in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Her work Rainphase will be performed in 2019-2020 by the National (USA), Dallas, North Carolina, Sewanee, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, with New Zealand conductor Gemma New.