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Biography

Ross Harris is one of New Zealand’s leading composers. He has written more than two hundred compositions including opera, symphonic music, chamber music, klezmer and electronic music. He has been a finalist in the prestigious SOUNZ Contemporary Award eight times in thirteen years and has won the award four times. Harris received a QSM in 1985 for his opera Waituhi with libretto by Witi Ihimaera and the CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music in 1990. His major works include five string quartets, four symphonies, a violin concerto (premiered by Anthony Marwood in 2010) and a cello concerto (premiered by Li-Wei Qin in 2012). His collaborations with poet Vincent O’Sullivan have produced two operas, a symphony and three song cycles. One of these cycles The Abiding Tides was was described by music critic Rod Biss as “…a work that instantly enriched our heritage of New Zealand music”.

Source: Ross Harris, June 2012

Selected Works

...the beginning of a new story... for full orchestra  
Dreams, Yellow Lions for baritone and chamber ensemble  
Echo for trumpet and tape delay system  
Fanitullen (the devil's song) for solo violin  
Koan an electroacoustic work  
Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra  
Symphony No. 2 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra  
The Sleep of Reason.... for mixed chamber sextet  
To the memory of I.S. Totzka for soprano soloist with chamber nonet  
Variation for solo piano  

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