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Andrew Perkins was born in Warkworth, New Zealand, 31 December, 1961.

He attended Auckland University from 1980 till 1985, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Music (1983) then the degree of Master of Music (Hons) 1985 majoring in Composition. His Composition teachers were Dr John Rimmer and Dr Douglas Mews (Senior) and visiting Fellow Lou Harrison. His other Masters papers were Advanced Analysis and Criticism (with Dr Fiona McAlpine), Advanced Orchestration (John Rimmer), and Fugue Writing (Douglas Mews). As a fully trained teacher, Andrew Perkins has taught Music in England (St Bedes School, Eastbourne), was one of the foundation staff members of ACG Senior College of New Zealand as Director of Music Studies from 1995 till 2004. He iwas Head of Music at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, Auckland from 2005-2008 and is currently residing in Melbourne, Australia where he is completing his PhD music composition at the Conservatoire of Music, Melbourne University where he is also a sessional tutor and lecturer.

Andrew Perkins has appeared as guest lecturer at Auckland University, at the School of Music, Mathematics Department (on the relationship Music has with Mathematics), and to the School of Architecture (on Proportion in Music and Buildings). During 1986 he was elected as NZIAA’s cultural ambassador, representing New Zealand at the Eleventh General Assembly, Baghdad, Iraq, on the subject of Peace and the Artist. Andrew Perkins was Music Director and Cantor of the Auckland Catholic Schola for 13 years; the group specializes in the performance of sacred music from the Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods. All the music is performed within the context of the Roman Catholic Mass. Andrew Perkins has written many psalm settings and motets for the Schola.

Andrew Perkins’ compositions are highly exotic and colourful, focussing on the weaving of melodic strands similar to the concepts behind Renaissance polyphony. He employs non-Western scales and complex rhythmic structures. His recent works have utilised scalar formations that share characteristics with those of ancient cultures.

Source: Andrew Perkins, May 2012

Selected Works

Arioso for solo pianoforte (or other keyboard instrument)  
Ave Maris Stella for pipe organ  
Marian Triptych for full orchestra  
Symphony - Der Bote for mezzo soprano and orchestra  
The Flying Gardens for solo cello  
Waltz-Fantasia for symphony orchestra  


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