Rod Biss, Biography
Rod Biss grew up in Wellington, from 1951-53 he studied at Victoria University, then moved to London where after further study joined the music publishers, Schott, moving on to Faber Music as Production Director. Returned to New Zealand and joined Peter Zwartz to form Price Milburn Music Ltd. In 1981 he left Price Milburn to establish own company and act as agent for Faber Music. In 1982 he bought The Bookstore in Herne Bay, Auckland, eventually selling it in 1996.
Publications include Educational violin arrangements (Schott) (1964), vocal scores with H.C.Robbins Landon of Haydn’s ‘Die Feuersbrunst’ (Schott) (1963), ‘St Nicholas Mass’ (1969), ‘Stabat Mater’ (Faber) (1977), ‘Two Recorder books’ with John M Thomson (Schirmer 1970), and the ‘Faber Book of Children’s Songs’ with Donald Mitchell (1970).
Journalism includes articles on music for Music in New Zealand, NZ Listener, Sunday Star-Times, Herald on Sunday, Metro, Citymix, Music Matters, NZ Opera News and Strad. (July 2007)