CLAIRE CV


EDUCATION

Undergraduate (1994-1997)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (BMusHon1) Student of the Year
Teachers: Daryl Pratt (percussion), Richard Miller (timpani), Ian Cleworth (snare drum)

Postgraduate (1999-2003)
Rotterdam Conservatorium (Masters Honours)
Teachers: Richard Jansen (percussion), Hans Leenders (marimba)

Amsterdam Conservatorium (Masters Part 2)
Teachers: Peter Prommel (marimba), Nick Woud (timpani), Jan Pustjens (snare drum)

Courses/Masterclasses (2000-2005): Steven Schick (Acanthe Academy, France), Kroumata Academy (Sweden), Leigh Howard Stevens Masterclasses (Amsterdam Conservatorium), Michael Burritt (Banff Centre, Canada)
 

SELECTED AWARDS, PRIZES & GRANTS

2016 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual (2015 activities)

2016 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation (Ensemble Offspring - 2015 activities)

2016 VIVID NSW Creative Awards (Ensemble Offspring Shortlisted)

2016 Classical Next Innovation Award (Ensemble Offspring Shortlisted)

2015 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Work of the Year (Ensemble Offspring - The Secret Noise)

2014 Australia Council Music Fellowship (2014/2015)

2012 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Excellence (Flash Solo CD Project)

2011 AMC/APRA Art Music Awards Award for Best Performance (Ensemble Offspring - The Origin Cycle)

2007 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (Duyfken Project)

2005 MCA/Freedman Fellowship

2005 Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition 3rd Prize (The Netherlands) 

2004 Banff Centre Residency (Canada)

2001 Llangollen International Instrumentalist 1st Prize (Wales, UK)

2001 Queen Elizabeth Trust grant for postgraduate study

2000 Tromp Percussion Competition 1st Prize (The Netherlands)

1999 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Australia)

1999 NUFFIC Huygens Dutch Government grant for postgraduate study (The Netherlands)

1997 Student of The Year, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

1997 Big Brother Scholarship (for travel in the UK)
 

RECENT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS (AUSTRALIA)

2016 Australian String Quartet – Soloist Hindson WP & Adams, National Tour 1

2016 Exit Ceremonies Sydney Festival/Melbourne Town Hall – Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring

2016 Mona Foma Ensemble Offspring duo performance Sidney Nolan Gallery, Mona (Hobart)

2016 Peninsula Summer Music Festival & Four Winds Festival - Ensemble Offspring Philip Glass Music in Changing Parts

2015 Canberra Symphony OrchestraGolden Kitsch by Elena Kats-Chernin conductor Nicholas Milton

2015 Shanghai New Music Week Ensemble Offspring ensemble in residence

2015 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – World Premiere Iain Grandage Dances with Devils conductor Benjamin Northey

2015 Canberra Festival of Chamber Music appearances with Amy Dickson (saxophone) and Ensemble Offspring

2015 Sydney Festival Solo Recitals The Sound of Burning Water – featuring new commission by Marcus Whale

2014 Vivid Sydney Solo Marimba Recital Marimba Trance – featuring new commission by Alex Pozniak

2012 Sunken Dreams - Song Company solo artist in a national touring program of arrangements for vibraphone and voices

2009 Gitimalya Marimba Concerto by Toru Takemitsu, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

2007 Soundscapes Percussion Concerto composed and conducted by Richard Mills, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Town Hall


PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS (EUROPE)

2002/2005 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music – solo recitals

2004 Radio Chamber Orchestra soloist Unsuk Chin Double Concerto (Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam conductor Peter Eotvos)

2003 The Axe Manual Harrison Birtwistle European tour with Nicolas Hodges (piano) (Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Groningen, Cologne)

2002 Amsterdam Sinfonietta –  soloist Black Wind by Kim Bowman

2001 Het Brabants Orkest – soloist Veni Veni Emmanuel by James McMillan

2001 Slagwerk Groep Den Haag – soloist James Wood Spirit Festival with Fire

2000-2002 Ictus Ensemble/Rosa’s – European Steve Reich tours

Gaudeamus Festival – many and various performances

Ensemble Modern – project

Asko Ensemble – regular appearances

Liverpool Philharmonic – Veni Veni


INSTITUTIONAL TEACHING HISTORY

2016 ANU Ensemble Offspring ensemble-in-residence

2014-2016 ANAM regular guest teacher, mentor and lecturer

2010-2016 Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Percussion Dept) Percussion Teacher

2011-2016 Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Composition Dept) Composer Performer Workshop Tutor/Percussion for Composers Tutor

2007 Victorian College of the Arts (Acting Head Percussion)
 

TV & RADIO APPEARANCES

2016 Playschool host with Eddie Perfect

2015 Playschool ‘Carnival of the Animals’ appearance with Justine Clarke

2016 Mairi Nicholson Music Makers guest

2015 ABC Classic FM Margaret Throsby Midday Interview guest

2014 Lah Lah’s Big Live Band TV Show guest

2013 Playschool ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’

2007 ABC, Spicks & Specks panelist

2003 MTV, Holland with Duo Vertigo (MTV Fusion, Het Concertgebouw)

2002 AVRO Dutch TV, Grachten Festival, Amsterdam (Soloist opening the festival)

2002 BBC Wales, History of 20th Century Music documentary hosted by Huw Edwards , performing Rebonds A by Iannis Xenakis

1999 ABC Young Performers Award finalist and winner (live broadcast ABC)


CD CATALOGUE
2016 Kammerbox (solo/chamber) ABC Classics
2015 Cycles & Circles (Ensemble Offspring)
2015 ONE (solo) Tall Poppies
2014 The Secret Noise (Ensemble Offspring) Curious Noise
2013 Flash (solo) Tall Poppies
2010 Coil (solo) Tall Poppies
2007 Vertigo One (Duo Vertigo) Karnatic Lab Records
2005 The Axe Manual (Nicolas Hodges) Metronome Label
2002 Young Performer’s Solo Disc ABC Classics
 

MEDIA QUOTES

“…thanks particularly to powerhouse playing from Edwardes.” The Australian, 2016

“The program was an intriguing window into Edwardes’ enterprise, energy and continuously renewing creative engagement.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2015

“…played as ever with Edwardes’ capacity for finesse and passion – Xenakis’ music might be conceived in part algorithmically but she makes its beauty self-evident.” RealTime 2014

“Edwardes’ is certainly a driving, committed and powerful performance…it is this committed approach that most clearly argues for the possibilities of new directions in writing for percussion into the twenty-first century.” Tempo Magazine 2014

“To say she is virtuosic is redundant: she’s more transforming what must clearly look promising on manuscript into sonorous, shimmering aural opulence.” The Australian Stage 2013

“Sorceress of percussion, Claire Edwardes, infused the performance with her particular magic.” Canberra Times 2012