Composer & Vocalist
+64 22 386 1859
22 Ascot Street
Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Birth:
March 21st, 1992
Wellington based composer and vocalist, Briar, is a multi-skilled professional in the music industry. She completed a Masters of Musical Arts majoring in Composition at university receiving high distinction and has since had a diverse career in music composition, vocal coaching and session recording, live performance, and sound production. She is the current New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence and resides at the Douglas Lilburn Trust house.
Highlighted Work Experience
Composer in Residence 2023
Commission for Orchestral Piece by Orchestra Wellington (Mentorship Programme 2023)
Commission and Live performance with Orchestra Wellington (2023)
Commission for Orchestral piece by the Bay of Plenty Symphonia (2023)
Commission for electronic soundtrack and sound design (2023)
University lecturer at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music (2023).
Original music for Operatic performance and Augmented Reality (2023)
Recording Assistant & Vocal Coach at Sandbox Studio, Wellington (2022-2023)
Composer Internship for Film Score Production (2022)
Commission for Flute and Taonga Pūoro (2020)
Original Composition for Feature Documentary (2017)
Original Song for Album 'It's Already Tomorrow' (2021)
Original Song for EP 'Last Days of March' (2020)
Original Song selected as finalist for Serj Tankian's 7 Note Challenge (Worldwide Competition) (2017)
Tutor for Young Musician's Program at Victoria University of Wellington (2017)
Freelance Composer, Session Vocalist, Vocal coach & Performer (2010 - present)
Debut Album 'Blue Anima' (2016)
Douglas Lilburn Trust Composer in Residence (January - June) and New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence (June - December). This position supports the output of multiple original compositions.
Original composition for Orchestra titled 'Akri' as part of the mentor program run by Orchestra Wellington, under the mentorship of John Psathas. Premiere: August 5th, 2023 in Wellington.
Orchestral arrangement of one of Briar's original guitar and vocal pieces titled 'White, Red, Black', sung live by Briar alongside John Psathas on piano and Orchestra Wellington. Premiere: October 7th, 2023 in Wellington.
Original composition for the Bay of Plenty Symphonia Orchestra, titled 'Pegasus'. Premiere: November 19th, 2023 in Tauranga.
Original soundtrack for the theatre production called 'Prima Facie', created in dynamic electronic pop genre. Premiere: June 23rd, 2023 in Wellington Circa Theatre.
Teaching MUSC201 Special Topic: Songwriter's Course alongside Dugal McKinnon and other guest lecturers at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.
Original music for Augmented Reality with film director Vicky Yiannoutsos & iSparx Group (Augmented Reality Specialists). Operatic vocals towards an Augmented Reality experience depicting the Ancient Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter.
Using compositional experience to creatively guide musicians in their recording experience to achieve their musical potential, as well as using years of vocal knowledge to coach vocalists in their sessions.
Assisting the creative process and recording of David Long's score for the upcoming film 'Going Going' directed by Loren Taylor, providing scores for choir recording sessions, and overseeing cue conforming.
Orignal composition titled 'Terra Firma' for Flute and Taonga Pūoro commissioned, performed and recorded by Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser, funded by Creative New Zealand.
Original music score composed for feature documentary 'For My Father's Kingdom' by directors Vea Mafileo (Director) & Producers, in collaboration with composer David Long.
Curated by John Psathas, featuring Briar's track ‘I'm Not Lazy, Just Lost’, A collaborative album of multiple producers, composers and artists around the world sharing material to work with, forming a 'pool' of creative resources to use in the writing process. The result is this diverse album of songs in multiple genres. Funded by Creative New Zealand.
Curated by John Psathas, featuring track 'Back to the 90s' - by Briar's solo electronic project 'HydraBitch'. The concept of the project was for five different artists (Jack Hooker, Xela, Serj Tankian and Oum, HydraBitch, and Russel Walder) to remix with total freedom a simple musical idea originally recorded by John Psathas. Funded by Creative New Zealand.
Grammy-Award winning and multi platinum recording artist, songwriter, Serj Tankian (System of a Down) teamed up with non-profit cultural organisation Creative Armenia to release ‘7 Notes Challenge', a compilation album highlighting some of the most notable submissions from a songwriting challenge posed to artists worldwide. Now available on all major streaming and download platforms across the globe.
Teaching composition to high school students: course coordinating, creating and providing class material and outlines, researching and providing musical material, assisting in administrative tasks, teaching and coaching students, facilitating discussion and sharing sessions, providing feedback.
Working with a variety of projects for films and game, Briar has composed music as well as working as a recording session vocalist. She is an active vocal coach and vocalist, performing and touring in a variety of ensembles and bands including music of other cultures, notably Greek, Balkan and Indonesian. Her overseas experiences include tours to SXSW in the US and Indonesia.
Album (experimental/electronic/hip hop) written and recorded by Briar Prastiti as part of her Masters at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. Post production funded by Creative New Zealand.
Master of Musical Arts majoring in Composition with High Distinction at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
FEBRUARY 2015 — NOVEMBER 2016
Completion of an academic thesis and creative portfolio of compositional work
Bachelor Of Music With First Class Honours at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
FEBRUARY 2010 — NOVEMBER 2014
Four years study and completion of Bachelors and First Class Honors in Composition.