Karlo Margetic
Curator and Collection Adviser | Kairauhī, Kaitohu Kohinga

Karlo has worked at SOUNZ since 2012 and has a deep knowledge of the SOUNZ collection from the point of view of a staff member, a SOUNZ represented composer and as a performer. Karlo holds degrees in composition and clarinet from the New Zealand School of Music. A respected composer, he has held a number of residencies with NZ orchestras, won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2013, and continues to receive commissions from various groups and soloists.

In our Meet the Team series we invite you to sit down and learn more about each SOUNZ staff member. Today we introduce Karlo Margetić our Curator and Collection Adviser | Kairauhī, Kaitohu Kohinga.

Can you tell us a bit about your family, kids, where you’re from etc?
I live in Wellington on the Miramar peninsula with my wife, composer Tabea Squire, where we are frequently serenaded by flying objects of both biological and mechanical origin (ie. birds exist and we live close to the airport).

Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived?
I grew up in Petone and now live in Wellington. I was born in Sarajevo.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Cooking, walking, cloud spotting, falling down Wikipedia holes (aka surface knowledge for the curious layman), watching cute animal videos (baby tapirs, oh my!), dreaming up home improvement projects, designing fonts to solve extremely specific music notation problems, drawing. Come to think of it, I’d have probably been a visual artist or graphic designer if I weren’t a composer.

How would your family and friends describe you?
Friendly hermit

How do you maintain work/life balance?
My life as an administrator is pretty easy to leave at the office, but I think about writing music constantly. Composing is more a vocation than a job for me, so I don’t mind it.

Where would you like to go on holiday if you had a month off and money was no object?
A house by one of the many lakes in the central North Island, preferably in February or March, just as everyone is going back to school and work, and the weather is still good.

If you were a crayon what colour would you be?
I’d prefer something more precise, like a colour pencil. Red.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Obtain bucket
2. Make list
3. Burn list in bucket on night of full moon


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