- Born: 1986
Anton Killin (b. 1986) is a Wellington-based musician, composer, and researcher. Anton is a founding member of SMP Ensemble; a member of three Wellington-based gamelan ensembles, Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Javanese), Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (Balinese) and Gamelan First Smile (Cirebon); and is guitarist with Keller Kinder. Under the tutelage of Jack Body and Michael Norris, Anton completed his MMus in music composition at the New Zealand School of Music, focusing on cross-cultural music composition, with a special emphasis on gamelan.
Anton is currently PhD candidate in the philosophy department at Victoria University of Wellington. His research lies at the intersection of music, philosophy, and evolutionary theory, and his essays have been published in journals such as Biology & Philosophy and Journal for Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
As composer, Anton has had works performed and workshopped by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, SMP Ensemble, Sounds of the Engine House Ensemble, Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (including at the 2007 and 2013 Yogyakarta Gamelan Festivals in Java, Indonesia), yangqin player Wang Hui, and guitarist Dylan Lardelli. Anton’s mixed chamber group piece, “Two Moments”, was performed and recorded live under the baton of Dutch maestro Lucas Vis in March 2010. Three of Anton’s recent compositions for gamelan appear on Rattle Records’ “Naga” (2014), and his electroacoustic work “Podroze” appears on SMP Ensemble’s album “Podroze-Journeys” (2010). Anton co-convened the annual CANZ Nelson Composers Workshop with Carol Shortis in 2010 and 2011.
Anton is the recipient of the 2005 Indonesian Gamelan Prize (Victoria University of Wellington), the 2008 Max Julian Prize for Ethnomusicology (New Zealand School of Music), a 2011 J. L. Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship and Victoria Doctoral Scholarship (Victoria University of Wellington), and a 2014 PGSA Postgraduate Research Award (Victoria University of Wellington).Source: Anton Killin