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Claire Edwardes is recognised throughout the world as one of the most striking and important percussionists of her generation. 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 Claire was named the MCA/Freedman Fellow and in 2007 she was awarded the AMC/APRA award for ‘Outstanding contribution by an Individual’. Claire has performed concertos with all of the Australian orchestras as well as numerous European orchestras. In her role as co-artistic director of Ensemble Offspring and as one of Australia’s top percussion soloists, Claire is passionately committed to the advancement of innovative new music in Australia.

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