Ann Carr-Boyd


Ann Carr-Boyd grew up with music around her every day, as she was born into a family of professional musicians.

As a teacher of piano and composition she has always had a direct relationship with students of all ages and has created many works for young people and older people who play for enjoyment; these works range from the early Look at the Stars for piano (1972) to recent publication of piano duets by Wirripang, Double Trouble (2015).

In addition to a large body of keyboard works for piano, harpsichord and organ, Ann has created music in most genres. She has written orchestral, vocal and chamber music works which are performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia and internationally.

Two works illustrate this composer’s wish to write music which relates to people via emotional content and exhilarating rhythm and melody: the song cycle for soprano and piano Museum Garden (2001), and Fandango (1982) for mandolin ensemble. Museum Garden was composed as a memorial and celebration of the life of Melbourne pianist Maxwell Shepherd, and was set to words by New York poet Mark Doty. The songs, first performed in the United States, have since been performed, recorded and published in Australia.

Fandango has had an immediate appeal and is frequently heard on radio, inflight entertainment, in concert performances and in arrangements for other instruments. It has been nominated for Most Performed Classical Work (APRA awards 1998) and has been arranged for at least a dozen different instrumental combinations.

Extract of bio provided by Australian Music Centre, read the full biography here.

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Performances by CAM:

10th October 2018 – ‘Beneath the Yellow Moon’ (UK Premiere)