Wayne Laird (ONZM) is a composer, producer, and founder of the independent record label, Atoll Records (1997). Atoll’s catalogue of approximately one hundred CDs features leading New Zealand soloists and ensembles such as Michael Houston, New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Chamber Soloists, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Wayne’s prolific work as chief producer has made Atoll the flag bearer for New Zealand composition with recordings of many leading composers such as Gillian Whitehead, Jack Body, Gareth Farr, John Psathas, Anthony Ritchie, Ross Harris and Kenneth Young.
Wayne is also frequently contracted to produce records for other major classical labels such as Naxos and Rattle. He has also restored and remastered many historical and archival recordings by New Zealand and international artists. In 2015 Wayne produced the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's album of works by Chinese composer Long Zhou, which was nominated at the Grammy awards for Best Orchestral Performance. Wayne holds a BA, BMus and MPhil from Auckland University and teaches music production at Waikato University.