Claire Edwardes percussion
Claire Edwardes is an internationally renowned award-winning percussionist. As a soloist and the co-artistic director of Sydney based Ensemble Offspring. Claire programs and performs to the highest level, some of the most innovative and cutting-edge music being presented in the world today.
Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium (where she now teaches), she went on to win the coveted ABC Young Performers Award in 1999 and subsequently relocated to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories. Resident there for seven years, she was the recipient of many international awards and prizes including first place at the Tromp Percussion Competition (2000) and Llangollen International Instrumentalist (2001). In 2005 she was named the MCA/Freedman Fellow and in 2007 was awarded the AMC/APRA award for ‘Outstanding contribution by an Individual’.
Specialising in the marimba, she regularly performs concerto’s, chamber and solo recitals on the full gamut of percussion instruments, and is constantly working with experienced as well as younger composers in developing the percussion repertory. Claire collaborates with only the highest quality musicians in Australia and abroad from The Song Company and The Australia Ensemble to Didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and renowned contemporary pianist, Nicolas Hodges.
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