Michael Norris holds composition degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London, and is currently Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Composition at the New Zealand School of Music. He is recipient of the 2001 Mozart Fellowship, the 2003 Douglas Lilburn Prize, the 2012 CANZ Trust Fund Award and has been nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award four times, winning it in 2014 with his work Inner Phases for string quartet and Chinese instrument ensemble.
Michael maintains strong links to Austria, Germany and the Asia-Pacific region. He was commissioned by the SWR (Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk) to write a new chamber orchestra work, Sgraffito, which was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010. He has also had works performed and recorded by the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Ensemble SurPlus, NZSQ, NZTrio, NZSO, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, 175 East, Stephen de Pledge and Michael Houstoun.