Salina Fisher (b.1993) is a New Zealand composer and violinist. She is currently undertaking graduate studies in composition at New York’s Manhattan School of Music with Susan Botti, supported by Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand. In 2016, Salina became the youngest-ever winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her orchestral work “Rainphase,” which will be performed in the 2019/20 season by National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center) and Dallas Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gemma New. Salina is particularly interested in the musical traditions of New Zealand and Japan and has collaborated with taonga pūoro musician Rob Thorne in her 2017 SOUNZ Contemporary Award-winning string quartet “Tōrino.” She is also interested in film scoring and was awarded Best Score in the International Category, 2017 Canberra Short Film Festival for her score to New Zealand short film Misimpressions. Her works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including NZSO, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, New Zealand String Quartet, Stroma, Amalgama, and Emily Carr String Quartet (2017
ISCM World Music Days, Vancouver). As a violinist, Salina has performed as a casual player in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and as Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.