ROSS HARRIS (b 1945 )
Ross Harris was born in Amberley, New Zealand. He studied in Christchurch and Wellington and taught at the Victoria University of Wellington Music Department for over thirty years. In 1985 he was awarded a QSM for his opera Waituhi (with libretto by Witi Ihimaera) and in 1990 he received the CANZ citation for services to New Zealand music. In 2004 he took early retirement from teaching and began working as a freelance composer. His residency with the Auckland Philharmonia (2005–2006) led to the composition of three symphonies. He has been awarded the SOUNZ Contemporary Award (the most prestigious annual prize for composers offered in New Zealand) four times and been a finalist eight times in the thirteen-year history of the award.