Callum Blackmore is currently studying a BMus in voice and composition at Auckland. He won first prize in the APO Secondary School Composers Competition with a piece entitled An Automated Existence while studying at Selwyn College and has twice been a finalist in NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards with Waltz for a Disgraced Politician and Persistence, Colour, Hysteria, Rapture.
In 2013 he won first prize in the Australia New Zealand Viola Society Composition Competition, with his piece after the storm will come a sleep. His opera, Love Thy Neighbour was work-shopped and fully staged by Opera Factory in Auckland. He has been a regular singer at Opera Factory over the last 7 years and has also been in several NBR New Zealand Opera productions. Other performing accolades include a performance award in the 2013 Lilburn Composition Prize, performing his own vocal monodrama The Ghost Sonata, and the Best Actor award in the 2013 Short and Sweet festival.
(Updated January 2014)