Chris O'Conner


Since finishing his formal studies at Victoria University in 2001 Chris has become one of New Zealand’s most versatile musicians. He is sought after as a drummer and composer by the most respected musicians, directors and choreographers working in New Zealand and abroad. Chris is a member of The Phoenix Foundation and SJD. He has performed in productions for Auckland Theatre Company, Silo, and has performed with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, the New Pacific Music Ensemble, WOMAD, The Wellington International Arts Festival, the Auckland Festival, and as a soloist at the Silver Scrolls. Chris has worked with acclaimed artists such as Tami Neilson, Neil Finn, Trinity Roots, Andrew Keoghan, Goldenhorse and Tim Finn, to name a few. When Chris isn’t performing, he teaches music at both UNITEC and the University of Auckland. A composer of music for theatre and dance, Chris received the Outstanding Composer of Original Music Award at the 2001 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, for his work on Irish Annals of Aotearoa.

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