Claire Edwardes

  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Instrument/Speciality: Bongo, Cymbal, Glass Harmonica, Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Marimba, Tambourine, Triangle, Xylophone, Percussion, Composition

Claire is an internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring. She has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’ and is well known for her powerhouse style of playing and unique stage presence. She is the only Australian musician to win the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual three times (2007, 2012, 2016), is the recipient of Australia Council and Freedman Fellowships and the winner of numerous European instrumental and percussion competitions (resident there for seven years) as well as 1999 Australian Young Performer of the Year. Claire has forged a path as Australia’s leading percussion concert soloist with regular engagements with all of the Australian orchestras, including recently the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a national tour as soloist with the Australian String Quartet. In 2019 she was Artist in Residence at Music on Main (Vancouver) and premiered her original dance show RECITAL at Dance Massive (Melbourne). In 2020 Ensemble Offspring turned 25.