About the Lilburn Residence



The former home of composer Douglas Lilburn (ONZ) in Thorndon, Wellington has for nearly 10 years been 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 20th century.

The Trust normally offers use of the house to the composer holding the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). If that composer does not require the house, then the Trust calls for applications from other New Zealand composers. Each composer lives in the house, paying a modest rent, for up to a year.

Find out about events celebrating the centenary of Lilburn's birth in 2015.

Featured event: 1 and 2 May 2015

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents:
Aotearoa Plus
Michael Norris: Claro (world premiere)
Douglas Lilburn: Symphony No. 2

Christian Lindberg, conductor/trombone
David Bremner, trombone
Wellington: 1 May, 6.30pm
Auckland: 2 May, 7.30pm
Find out more or book a ticket.

Current Residents

Karlo Margetic and Tabea Squire

The current residents are Karlo Margetić and Tabea Squire. They were the successful applicants from an open call for expressions of interest which was undertaken by the Trust as David Long, the 2014–15 Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at NZSM, is already living in Wellington.

From this call, sound artist Ted Apel was also selected. He spent 2 months at the Residence in 2014 creating a new work.

Karlo and Tabea will be living at the house until the end of June 2015 to work on a number of projects.

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. He is considered to be one of New Zealand's finest young composers.

Tabea Squire is a professional violinist and composer. She is an honours graduate of the NZSM, where she studied violin under Helene Pohl. Even as a student, her compositions have attracted recognition – she was a finalist 5 times in the NZSM Composition Prize and the youngest ever composer to be appointed NZSO National Youth Orchestra composer-in-residence. Her works have been performed in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom and by performers including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra from China.

Find out more about other composers who have lived and worked at the Lilburn Residence.