Rimmer, John

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John Rimmer


Born: February 05, 1939

Country: Auckland, New Zealand

Studies: University of Auckland, Univ. of Toronto

Teachers: Ronald Tremain, John Weinzweig; Gustav Ciamaga


John Francis Rimmer was born in Auckland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961 from the University of New Zealand in 1961, a Master of Arts in 1963 from the University of Auckland with Ronald Tremain, where he also completed post-graduate studies in musicology. He continued his studies, earning a Doctor of Music degree in 1972 from the University of Toronto in electronic music with Gustav Ciamaga and in composition with John Weinzweig.

After completing his education, Rimmer worked as a lecturer at North Shores Teachers College in Auckland from 1970–74 and taught at the University of Auckland from 1974–99, where he was awarded a chair in music in 1995. He served as composer-in-residence at the University of Otago in 1972 and to the Auckland Philharmonia in 2002–03. Rimmer founded the electronic music studio at the University of Auckland in 1976 and the Karlheinz Company in 1978. His works have been performed internationally in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.

Rimmer and his wife Helen reside in Tapu, New Zealand. Notable students include Susan Frykberg and Dorothy Ker. [1]

Works for Percussion

Clouds over Pirongia - Percussion Quartet
Coils - Marimba, Bass Clarinet
Composition 5 - Multiple Percussion, with Tape
Emergence - Multiple Percussion, Clarinet
Interplay (Rimmer) - Multiple Percussion, Harpsichord
The Revelation of Increasing Complexity - Part 1 - Mallets (Mar./Vibes), Bass Clarinet