Douglas Lilburn


Below is a list of useful external resources about Douglas Lilburn. Please get in contact if you have further information that should be included on this page.

Lilburn's Music

Douglas Lilburn's music is fully represented at SOUNZ - The Centre for New Zealand Music.

Lilburn's Estate

Douglas Lilburn's estate - including manuscripts, correspondence and ephemera - is administered by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. You can email the Library at


  • In 2002 a boxed set of 10 audio CDs was released titled Douglas Lilburn: The Landscape of a New Zealand Composer. It contains interviews with the composer, his family, friends, and colleagues. Copies are available from the SOUNZ website.
  • In 2006 Canterbury University Press published Philip Norman's comprehensive biography Douglas Lilburn: his life and music. Copies are available from the Canterbury University Press website.
  • In 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of Douglas Lilburn's death A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language was published by the Lilburn Residence Trust in association with Victoria University Press.


Douglas Lilburn's former house at 22 Ascot Street in Wellington was purchased by the Lilburn Residence Trust in 2005. The Trust offers use of the residence to the New Zealand School of Music/Creative New Zealand Composer-in-Residence.

The Lilburn Prize

The Lilburn Prize was established in 2000 as a national composition competition. It is jointly run by Radio New Zealand Concert and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra... read more