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  • Eve de Castro-Robinson

  • Born: 1956
  • Fully Represented SOUNZ Composer

‘Get out of whatever cage you’re in.’ – John Cage


Eve de Castro-Robinson has been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of performers, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, with whom she was Composer-in-Residence in 1991, Chamber Music New Zealand, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZ Trio, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, the Nash Ensemble of London and many soloists including Alexander Ivashkin, Jane Manning and Stephen De Pledge. Her output ranges from large orchestral to vocal, chamber and electroacoustic works which are performed in NZ and internationally.

In 1986 Pierre Boulez conducted her Interpolations for orchestra in open rehearsal in Wellington. Her Triple Clarinet Concerto was the 1992 NZ entry in the International Rostrum of Composers, Paris and she is twice winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award (for Chaos of Delight III in 1998 and These arms to hold you in 2007) and a finalist in 2006. She is also twice winner of the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music from the University of Otago. She was the first person to graduate DMus in Composition from the University of Auckland in 1991 and is currently Associate-Professor in Composition there.

de Castro-Robinson is Chair of the Composers’ Advisory Panel of SOUNZ, currently in her third term. She has been Secretary of the Composers’ Association of New Zealand, Convenor of the Nelson Composers’ Workshop, awarded the CANZ Trust Fund Award 2000 and was co-founder of CadeNZa, New Zealand Contemporary Music Ensemble. She had held residencies at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida, and at the Banff Centre. de Castro-Robinson has often been an adjudicator, speaker, writer, reviewer and broadcaster on musical topics, and is a trained graphic designer.

She has three solo CDs on the Atoll label: Releasing the angel (2011), five orchestral works recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Other echoes (2001), works for orchestra and Chaos of Delight (1998), chamber works by various performers. There are works on many other CDs and many of her scores are published by Waiteata Press, Wellington. In 2004 she was awarded a ‘de Castro-Robinson Portrait’ concert in the NZ International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. 2006 saw a special 50th birthday concert mounted in her honour by the Karlheinz Company, University of Auckland and in 2009 the Auckland Chamber Orchestra staged a de Castro-Robinson portrait concert A Resonance of Emerald.

Her LEN LYE the opera, a 90-minute five-act multi-media chamber opera, to a libretto by Roger Horrocks, ran a sold-out season at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland, in September 2012.

Source: Eve de Castro-Robinson, August 2013

Selected Works

a pink-lit phase for flute, viola and harp  
Chaos of Delight III for women's voices  
Five Responses For women's voices, male speaker, and mixed ensemble  
Len Songs for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin and piano  
Noah's Ark for large chamber ensemble  
Other echoes fanfare for orchestra  
Releasing the Angel for cello and orchestra  
Split the Lark for violin and piano  
Triple Clarinet Concerto for E flat clarinet, B flat clarinet, bass clarinet and orchestra  
Tumbling Strains for violin and cello  


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