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  • Edwin Carr

  • Born: 1926 Deceased: 2003
  • Fully Represented SOUNZ Composer


Edwin Carr was born in Auckland on August 10th 1926. He was educated at Otago Boys’ High School from 1940 to 1943. Studied music at Otago University 1944-5 and Auckland University College 1946, degree unfinished. Attended the first Cambridge Summer Music School, 1946, with Douglas Lilburn as composition tutor. Travelled to England 1948, New Zealand Government Bursary to study composition at the Guildhall with Benjamin Frankel: much freelance work and travel. In 1954 a British Council scholarship enabled him to study under Petrassi in Rome. Also worked in Italy as musical director of an independent ballet company. In 1957 a further British Council Scholarship enabled him to study with Carl Orff in Munich.

Travelled back to New Zealand in 1958, staying there until 1960 teaching and composing. During the 1960s spent time in both Australia and England, composing, teaching and studying, several trips to New Zealand.

Was awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago 1973-4. 1975-6 teacher of composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. 1976 return to London. Return to Australia 1977, part-time teaching at Sydney Conservatorium. 1984 return to NZ, freelance composing and conducting based in Taupo. 1991 shift to Waiheke Island where he remained active as a composer.

In 1999 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Edwin Carr died at his home on Waiheke Island on the 27th March 2003.

Source: Adapted from Norman, Philip: Bibliography of New Zealand Compositions, Third Edition; Nota Bene Music (1991)


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