Tabea Squire was born in Scotland in 1989, and came to New Zealand in 1998. She started to play the violin at the age of six, and 'composed' her first melody at the age of ten. She has had various successes in the compositional field, such as winning the NZCT Secondary Schools' Chamber Music Composition Competition in 2006. She was also selected as Young Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra in 2008.
Her works have been performed around the country and overseas, and she has been commissioned to write two pieces by separate associations: the Recorders and Early Music Union, and the Manuwatu Sinfonia. Works of hers have also been performed by Duo Giocoso, the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta, SMP Ensemble, and her colleagues in the music field. She is currently studying Honours in Performance Violin at the New Zealand School of Music, under Helene Pohl.
Tabea has been awarded prizes in the NZSM Composers' Competition (a Lilburn Trust competition) every year she has entered; 2006 - 2011.
(Updated September 2011)