Andrew Perkins : Associate Artist
Andrew Perkins (born 31 December 1961 in Warkworth, New Zealand) is a composer, conductor and teacher. In 1985, he graduated from Auckland University with a Masters degree in Music, and in 2013 he graduated from Melbourne University with a PhD in Music (Composition). In 1986 he was elected the NZ Delegate of the NZIAA, representing New Zealand at the Eleventh General Assembly, Baghdad, Iraq. Andrew has had a number of works recorded and performed internationally: his "Requiem For Peace" for mezzo soprano, SATB choir, woodwind, brass and percussion was performed at St. Mary's Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland (1985).
Andrew Perkins was appointed Composer in Residence of the Auckland Philharmonia (APO), in 1992, producing Symphony Der Bote (performed by the APO and mezzo-soprano Carmel Carroll, conducted by William Boughton) and a song cycle Ways of Light and Life. His two-movement composition entitled "The Flying Gardens" is often performed by cellist Tom Pierard; the first movement retitled Islamic Lament was recorded by Pierard in 2010. Perkins' "Fantasia For Eight Celli" was commissioned and performed by the Ensemble Philharmonia of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Auckland's Aotea Centre on October 20, 21, 1993.
He was director of music at Senior College (ACG) in Auckland (1995-2004), New Zealand, and at Baradene College in Remuera, Auckland (2004-2008). Baradene commissioned Andrew to produce a setting of "Jubilate Deo" for SSATB choir, full symphony orchestra and pipe organ as part of the Baradene College Centennial Concert in 2009.
From 1995 - 2008 Andrew was musical director of the Auckland Catholic Music Schola, St John's Church, Parnell, Auckland. The Schola performed Medieval and Renaissance plainchant and liturgical music in the context of the mass.
Chants Montage, a four movement composition for organ was, published and edited by Wellington organist Richard Apperley for Fagus Music (USA); Apperley also recorded Andrew's Organ Fantasia, Ave Maris Stella.
His Christchurch Vespers: Vespers for Pentecost was performed and recorded by Gina Sanders, with Bach Musica conducted by Rita Paczian in Auckland, NZ during 2012 and received a standing ovation.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recorded his Waltz-Fantasia in 2012; during 2014 the NZSO recorded his work for narrator and orchestra entitled The Radish and the Shoe (story and illustrations by Louise Jalbert) narrated in English, French, and Japanese. In collaboration with the artist Louise Jalbert, animator Raku Inoue is producing an animation of the work using the NZSO recording, with backdrops painted by Louise Jalbert. The video will be available for viewing as a short film, and (without recording) for use with live performances of the score.
Andrew Perkins' Concerto Grosso for flute, harpsichord and strings will be premiered in Auckland, NZ on August 30th by flautist Adrianna Lis with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Scholes; Adrianna Lis will also be performing the work in Poland later in 2015.
Andrew Perkins — current to March 2015