Michael Norris is a composer, software programmer and music theorist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He teaches composition, orchestration, sonic arts and post-tonal music theory at New Zealand School of Music | Te Kōkī at Victoria University of Wellington and is editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press and Co-Director of Stroma New Music Ensemble. He won the 2001 Mozart Fellowship, the 2003 Douglas Lilburn Prize, and the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and has participated in composition courses featuring composers such as Peter Eötvös, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Kaija Saariaho. Performers of Michael's work include the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Houstoun, the NZ String Quartet, NZTrio, Barbara Lüneburg, Lars Mlekusch, Duo Stump-Linshalm, Richard Haynes, the Viennese Saxophonic Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Stroma, the Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Reconsil (Vienna) and the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire Wien. His orchestral work Sgraffito was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010, conducted by Peter Eötvös, while his orchestral work Claro was premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Lindberg.