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John also arranged the National Anthem of Greece, the Olympic Hymn and music by Shostakovich, Debussy and the foremost living Greek Composer Mikis Theodorakis that accompanied other parts of the ceremony. Listen to John's superb arrangement of the Olympic Anthem.
His music is heard regularly on the world's concert stages, and has been performed by Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Evelyn Glennie, Pedro Carneiro, Federico Mondelci, Michael Houstoun, and many fine ensembles.
Some of John's most recent compositions are View from
"Many of his compositions have an energy and drive more extreme than any other music I know - it sweeps one up on a frantic roller-coaster ride and carries one to that height of exhilaration."
- Awarded the 2002 SouNZ Contemporary Award for View From
- Named an Arts Laureate by the Arts Foundation in 2003.
- His album Rhythm Spike was BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM 2000, and Fragments BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM - 2004, in the NZ MUSIC AWARDS.
- At Victoria University School of Music he is nurturing a new generation of composers.
- The NZ Herald named him as a contender for New Zealander of the Year 2004.
- He was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2005 list for his services to music.