Tuilagi Igelese Ete (born in Samoa) is Head of Performing Arts at the University of South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He is also CEO at AriaTea Productions LTD.
Ete is married to Jakki and they have two children together. He is also the younger brother of Eteuati Ete, of the Laughing Samoans. He was bestowed the high chief (matai) title ‘Tuilagi’ – which is from the village of Fatausi, Savaii.
Ete has graduated with a Diploma in Teaching from Whitieria Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, Wellington, and also a Master of Music (Honors) – Performance Singing and Music Composition from the University of Auckland.
Ete started his career as the Creative Fellow of Pacific Music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. From 2001-2004, he was the coordinator of the Bachelor of Pacific Performing Arts Degree at the University of Auckland.
In 2005, he was appointed Performance Director of Music at Vision College Christian School of Music in Hamilton, New Zealand. He became a Senior Lecturer in Pacific Music & Dance at the University of the South Pacific from 2006-2008, and founded AriaTea Productions LTD in 2010.
Ete worked as the New Zealand Choirmaster for the ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film, and was said to be working on another project with Peter Jackson for the trilogy movie – The Hobbit in 2012/13.
He has been commissioned to compose and arrange music items for several organizations and events around the world, including Saatchi& Saatchi, Americas Cup, International Festival of the Arts to the Rugby World Cup.
Highlights and Awards:
- Pacific Creative Fellowship at the University of Auckland 2002-2004
- Creative New Zealand Senior Pacific Artists Award 2008 for outstanding contribution to the Pacific Arts in New Zealand
- Became the Goodwill Ambassador to Seoul, South Korea