Celeste Oram (b. 1990) is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan, learned to walk and talk in London, and grew up in Auckland. Her works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort (Boston), wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Song Company (Sydney), and the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. She was the Auckland Philharmonia’s ‘Rising Star’ young composer-in-residence for 2013-14; her commissioned orchestral work was selected as a finalist in the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for excellence in New Zealand contemporary composition.
Video scores are a recent avenue of work, with premieres at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and at the Melbourne Fringe Festival by Three Shades Black.
As a writer, Celeste has contributed feature music programmes to Radio New Zealand Concert, and articles to Tempo (Cambridge University Press), The Pantograph Punch, and Minarets Poetry Journal.
Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego.