About the Lilburn Residence

The former home of composer Douglas Lilburn (ONZ) in Thorndon, Wellington is now offered as a residence for New Zealand composers. The property is administered by the Lilburn Residence Trust, who ensure that the property is used in a manner befitting the legacy of New Zealand's most important composer of the twentieth century.

Douglas’ contribution to NZ music is too valuable to ignore, too important to forget.” — Roger Smith & Gareth Watkins, Radio NZ

Current Residents

The current residents are Karlo Margetić and Tabea Squire, who were the successful applicants from an open Call for Expressions of Interest after Wellington-based composer David Long (the 2014–15 Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music) declined use of the property.

Karlo is currently writing a piano concerto to be premiered by Michael Houstoun and Orchestra Wellington, conducted by Marc Taddei, in December 2015 at the Michael Fowler Centre. Tabea is writing a two-part orchestral work, titled Perelín und Goab, inspired by a setting from Michael Ende's Die Unendliche Geschichte. She is also working on a new set of pieces for the SMP Ensemble.

Karlo Margetić holds degrees in composition and clarinet from the New Zealand School of Music and was Composer-in-Residence with Orchestra Wellington for 2014. He has been a resident composer with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Margetić has been the recipient of numerous prizes in composition, including the 2013 SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the NZSO/Todd Young Composer Award. Margetić has received commissions and performances from NZTrio, New Zealand String Quartet and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, among others. His music has been workshopped and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Margetić is also an active performer and is Co-Director of the SMP Ensemble, with which he has appeared as composer, clarinettist, conductor and narrator.

Tabea Squire was born in Scotland and moved to New Zealand at the age of nine. Having demanded violin lessons from the age of two, she began formal instruction at the age of six. She has regularly played in orchestras and chamber music groups from the age of ten, including stints as concertmaster of the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta and Wellington Youth Orchestra. She is a veteran of the National Youth Orchestra and Adam Summer School, both of which had a powerful effect on her formative years as a musician. She studied performance violin with Honours under Helene Pohl at the NZSM, completing the degree in 2012. As well as enjoying standard concert repertoire, she has interests in baroque performance practice, improvisation and folk music, and also cultivates lesser skills on keyboard and voice. Tabea is a recognised young New Zealand composer, having had works commissioned by professional and amateur groups, and performed in New Zealand, Europe and Asia.