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Tristan Carter

Composer, Performer


Composer, violinist and improviser Tristan Carter holds an MMA in Composition from the New Zealand School of Music where he studied composition with Jack Body, John Psathas, Michael Norris and Dugal McKinnon. He also gained a BMus in Violin Performance from the NZSM, under the tutelage of Doug Beilman (formerly) of the New Zealand String Quartet.

He has a keen interest in cross-cultural collaboration and has had his music played in Taiwan, India, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Scotland. In Wellington he plays in a variety of ensembles including jazz outfit 'The Troubles', Balkan band 'Bazurka', Greek Rembetika trio 'Hypnos' and Balinese ensemble ‘Gamelan Taniwha Jaya’. Since 2015 he has worked as a composer and actor/musician with Java Dance Theatre Company, extensively touring New Zealand as well as performing in festivals in Australia and the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

Composed (5)


for string quartet, 11m


for Javanese gamelan and violin, 9m 35s


for viola and taonga pūoro


for jazz quartet, 4m


for string quintet and taonga pūoro, 9m

Performances (2)

NZ Festival of the Arts | Shades of Shakti

The dynamic fusion of classical Indian music and jazz made popular by John McLaughlin and L. Shan...

Chamber Music NZ | The Noveltones (Bannockburn)

__Jasmine Lovell-Smith__ | soprano saxophone __Blair Latham__ | bass clarinet __Tristan Car...