Gareth Farr (1968 - )
New Zealand composer and percussionist Gareth Farr was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied at Auckland University and Victoria University of Wellington, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, for his postgraduate degree in composition.
The inclusion of four of his works at the 1996 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts kick-started his career as a dedicated freelance composer. Since then, his music has been commissioned for high-profile events including the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the opening of the Museum of New Zealand, the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony in 2011, watched by an international audience of millions, and the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, with his work Relict Furies for world renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.
In 2006 Gareth was awarded the Order of New Zealand Merit, for his services to music and entertainment, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious NZ Arts Foundation Laureate Award.