Born in 1980 Taran Carter has been writing music since he realised that to be a pop star you either had to look good, sound good or write nice tunes. He chose the latter.
Taran's musical interests are diverse; they include Paul Simon, Toru Takemitsu, Augie March, Arvo Part, the Beatles, lannis Xenakis and Radiohead. Perhaps due to these varied influences Taran's music often explores the common aspects between the pop and contemporary classical worlds. This approach has attracted performances by groups such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, the Song Company, Speak Percussion and EnsembleBash.
Taran has also written music for film, television, theatre and in 1999 was asked to write two songs which the Australian Synchronisied Swimming Team SWam to at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He has won many awards including the A.S.M.E. Victorian Young Composer's Competition in 1998, thc Art of Percussion Composition Competition in 2000, the Quip Quip Composition Competition in 2001, the Percy Grainger Composition Competition in 2002 and the Magpie Research Dance Collaboration Award in 2004.
Other highlights in Taran's career include the sold out premiere season of his first opera, Busking Hugs (commissioned by Opera Australia) in October 2001 and the Melbournc Symphony Orchestra commission and premiere of Moondani Music in March 2004.