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This profile was last updated on 9/1/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Principal Harpist

 
Background

Employment History

  • Principle Harpist
    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal Harpist
    Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria
  • Artist Teacher
    New Zealand School of Music
  • Principal Harpist
    New Zealand Symphony

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Founder of Harp and Flute Duo
    Flight

Education

  • Master's Degree , Performance
    Boston University
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Web References
Trust Records - Carolyn Mills
www.trustrecords.com, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Carolyn Mills Trust Records - Carolyn Mills
Trust Records
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Carolyn Mills
New Zealander Carolyn Mills has been Principal Harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 1989. She performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and is the co-founder of harp and flute duo, Flight. Carolyn has recorded frequently for film, radio, television, and CD, and her appearances have taken her from Carnegie Hall to private functions for heads of state and royalty.
Recordings featuring Carolyn Mills
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Principal Harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 1989, Carolyn Mills has also played with the Dallas and Houston Symphonies, and was Principal Harpist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. She has performed as soloist with many NZ and US orchestras, and has played to audiences in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, and Australia. Winner of several top awards, she has worked with many of today's most eminent musicians including Sir Neville Marriner, Kiri Te Kanawa, Yoel Levi, Alexander Lazarev, Gunther Schuller, Tan Dun, and Ray Charles. Carolyn has recorded frequently for film, radio, television, and CD, and her appearances have taken her from Carnegie Hall to private functions for heads of state and royalty.
Carolyn is an exponent of new works for harp and has worked closely with New Zealanders Jack Body, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Kenneth Young, Helen Fisher, Michael Norris, Gillian Whitehead, Ross Harris and Gareth Farr.
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Carolyn presented the world premiere performance of a concerto by Gillian Whitehead, commissioned for her by the NZSO.
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Carolyn has appeared as part of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the City of London Festival, the Australian Harp Festival in Adelaide, and the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. She has toured with Chamber Music New Zealand and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Recently she completed a solo recital tour of several US cities, performing a number of new works written especially for her.
She is co-founder of Flight, with flautist Bridget Douglas, and the duo have performed extensively together since 2000. Their debut CD was recently released on the Atoll label.
Carolyn studied the harp with the legendary Lucile Lawrence in Boston and at Tanglewood.
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Mills teaches both privately and as Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music, and has conducted masterclasses and workshops in several countries.
3/9/2005 - Violinist Joo Young Oh Gives Concert March 21 - Happenings - Chattanoogan.com
www.chattanoogan.com, 9 Mar 2005 [cached]
The concert will feature Carolyn Mills, the principle harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.She will perform the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez for harp and orchestra.
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Harpist Carolyn MillsCarolyn Mills will perform a free concert on March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium located in Mabel Wood Hall at Southern Adventist University.
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Mills' music was featured in Howard Shore's soundtrack for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."She performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston Symphonies before accepting her current position as principal harpist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1989.She is also Artist-Teacher of Harp at the New Zealand School of Music.For more information call (423) 236-2880.
Teachers and performers
www.nzharpsociety.org, 10 Dec 2009 [cached]
Carolyn Mills
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Carolyn Mills Carolyn Mills is Principal Harpist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She is active as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaches both privately and as Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.
Articles- Ingrid Bauer Interview
www.masterperformers.com, 1 June 2010 [cached]
At that point we asked Carolyn Mills, who's the NZSO harpist, how old you had to be to learn the harp. She said she would start students at 11, but to learn the piano first.
Scoop: NZSO Returns To Mainland
www.scoop.co.nz [cached]
Following the fantastic response from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's debut in Gore last year, the orchestra returns in October as part of the Lion Foundation Mainland Tour with exquisite NZSO soloists, Bridget Douglas and Carolyn Mills, and making his NZ debut, Sachio Fujioka as conductor.
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Also featuring is NZSO Principal Harpist, Carolyn Mills performing the colourful flamboyant melodies of Spanish composer, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
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While studying for a Master's Degree in Performance at Boston University, Carolyn became the first ever harpist to win the Boston University Concerto-Aria Competition.She performed all over America before taking up the position of Principal Harpist with the NZSO in 1989.She is one half of flute/harp duo Flight.
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CENTRESTAGE Sachio Fujioka conductor Bridget Douglas flute Carolyn Mills harp The NZSO returns to the Mainland that saw them perform to sold-out audiences in 2003.This delightful programme features the beautiful sounds of NZSO Principal Flute, Bridget Douglas and NZSO Principal Harpist, Carolyn Mills as soloists.
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