Castro-Robinson, Eve de
- J.M. Thomson
(b London, Nov 9, 1956). New Zealand composer. She grew up in a musical household and at the age of five went to New Zealand with her family. After a variety of occupations, she began studies at the University of Auckland (BMus 1985, MMus 1987 and DMus, in composition, 1991), where her principal teachers were John Rimmer and John Elmsly. She was composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1991. In 1992 Radio New Zealand selected her Triple Clarinet Concerto (for E♭, B♭ and bass clarinet) as their entry in the International UNESCO Rostrum in Paris.
Secretary of the Composers Association of New Zealand, she has been commissioned by a wide variety of performers including the New Zealand SO and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Richard Bolley (Music in New Zealand, xii/aut. (1991), 18–22) was impressed by her ‘colour, vitality and incisiveness … There quickly emerges also a deliciously knowing sense of humour. And, not surprisingly, all these qualities are found in her music … [it] is often dense and complex, rhythmically and texturally rigorous and, most pronounced of all, it inclines towards abstract expressionism’....