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Composer-in-Residence

Eve de Castro-Robinson

Eve de Castro-Robinson has been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of performers, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, with whom she was Composer-in-Residence in 1991, Chamber Music New Zealand, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZ Trio, and New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Her output ranges from large orchestral to vocal, chamber and electroacoustic works which are performed in NZ and internationally.


de Castro-Robinson is Co-Chair | Toihau Matarua of the SOUNZ Board of Trustees. She has held residencies at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida, and at the Banff Centre.

She has three solo CDs on the Atoll label: Releasing the angel (2011), five orchestral works recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Other echoes (2001), works for orchestra; and Chaos of Delight (1998). In 2004 she was awarded a ‘de Castro-Robinson Portrait’ concert in the NZ International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. In 2009 the Auckland Chamber Orchestra staged a de Castro-Robinson portrait concert A Resonance of Emerald. In September 2012, a multi-media chamber opera, LEN LYE, ran a sold-out season in Auckland. Her commission for the NZSO, The glittering hosts of heaven, was premiered in June 2013. In 2018 she won Best Classical Artist at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for her album The Gristle of Knuckles and she is twice winner of both the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the Philip Neill Prize.

She recently retired as Associate Professor in Composition from the University of Auckland, after 25 years, and now works as a freelance composer, music consultant and writer.

Eve's new composition Hours of Lead will receive its world premiere in A MODERN HERO on Saturday 7 December.