Ms Claire Edwardes

Casual Lecturer in Percussion and Composition

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Claire Edwardes is recognized 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 her teachers were Daryl Pratt and Richard Miller), she went on to win the ABC Young Performers Award in 1999, relocating to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories (where her teachers were Richard Jansen, Peter Prommel and Jan Pustjens).

Residing in the Netherlands for seven years, she received many international awards and prizes, including first place at the Tromp Percussion Competition (2000) and Llangollen International Instrumentalist (2001). She undertook summer schools and masterclasses with Steven Schick and Kroumata Percussion and attended the Banff Centre for the Arts with her percussion group, Duo Vertigo.

In 2005 she was named the MCA/Freedman Fellow and was awarded the AMC/APRA award Art Music Award for ‘Outstanding contribution by an Individual’ to Australian music in 2007 and 2012. Claire has performed concerti with all of the Australian orchestras and also with New Zealand and European orchestras. She has three solo CDs on the Tall Poppies Label - Coil (2006), Flash (2011) and One (2013). As co-artistic director of Ensemble Offspring and one of Australia’s top percussion soloists and teachers, Claire is passionately committed to the commissioning of new works for percussion, education and the advancement of innovative, new music in Australia and abroad.

Selected publications & creative works

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Music

  • Duck-Chong, J., Harvey, B., Edwardes, C. (2012). Three Judith Wright Songs. Ross Edwards Marquee 101. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Slater, P., Edwardes, C. (2010). Alteres Landscapes. New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney, Australia: ABC, NEw Music Network, UTS.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Noble, J. (2010). Hockey. Open Music. Blacktown arts centre, Blacktown, Australia: Ensemble Offspring/Blacktown Arts Centre.
  • Leske, C., Oguey, A., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Edwardes, C., Mills, P., Boersma, K., Sydney Soloists, T. (2009). 1. Chilled. The Blue Mountains Concert Society presents The Sydney Soloists. Springwood Civic Centre, Sydney, Australia: The Blue Mountains Concert Society.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C. (2009). 1. Fragment 2. China Gates 3. Ragtime Robin 4. Rainbow Ripples 5. Ritual Protocol. Sunday Live with Marian Arnold. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.
  • Leske, C., Edwardes, C., Gartner, G., Nightingale, L., Noble, J., Cuddeford, J., Peelman, R. (2009). 1. Treize Couleurs du soleil couchant 2. Widdop, Phaetons, Relic 3. Talea. Thirteen Colours. Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Leske, C., Edwardes, C., Cuddeford, J. (2009). 2. Widdop, Phaetons, Relic. Ensemble Offspring & The New Music Network - Thirteen Colours. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • De Korte, N., Edwardes, C. (2009). 5. Wollim Sori (Vibration). Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Reminiscence. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C., Yoshimoto, N. (2009). 7. Sonata for piano and violin in G minor 9. Varied trio. Balkus, Edwardes and Yoshimoto. Government House, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C., Ensemble, O. (2009). Kontakte. Ensemble Offspring 'Kontakte'. Opera House Studio, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Newcastle, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Cuddeford, J., Edwardes, C., Harvey, B. (2009). Widdop Phaetous Relic: i. Widdop ii. Phaetons iii. Relic. 2009 Totally Huge New Music Festival. Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia: Tura New Music.
  • Lacey, G., Theak, D., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Edwardes, C., McMahon, M., Keller, A. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Flying Horse 3. Oh Charming Harlequin 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Hidden Amongst the Flowers 6. Peacock Song 7. Colourful Fancy 8. Cassander the Strong 9. Pierrot the Clown 10. Hot Air Balloon 11. Cradled in the Peacock's Tail 12. Epilogue. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Miller, D., Latukefu, L., Edwardes, C., Potts, D. (2008). 1. Earth and Space (selections) 2. Angklung. AURORA Festival, Creative Minds Under Construction COncert. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia: University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong.
  • Peelman, R., Morgan, A., Sitsky, M., Walsh, L., Springford, D., Ockenden, M., Lewis, S., Edwardes, C., Serret, V., Talmacs, T., Forsyth, N., et al (2005). Bouchara. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Walker, K., Edwardes, C., Dean, B., Jones, D., Gould, T. (2005). YuYa 2. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: APRA/AMC.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Edwardes, C., Keller, A., Lacey, G., McMahon, M., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Wilson, J. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Oh charming Harlequin 3. Flying horse 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Colourful fancy 6. Cradled in the peacock's tail 7. Pierrot the clown 8. Hot air balloon 9. Hidden amongst the flowers 10. Peacock song 11. Cassander the strong 12. Epilogue. On Hush 8, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Music Council of Australia, Freedman Foundation, Royal Childrens Hospital.
  • Druery, J., Coogan, D., Atherton, M., Paine, G., Blom, D., Miller, D., Dean, R., Harvey, B., Smith, H., Latujefu, L., et al (2008). Music of the Spirit. On , 2 CDs, Wollongong, Australia: Wirripang.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). 1. Portrait Concerto of Australian and Chinese composers 2. International Music Festival Artistic Directors' Concert 3. Master-Class for International Students Works Concert. Shanghai, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Symonds, J., Williams, K. (2015). An Index of Metals. Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Yeadon, D., Forsyth, N. (2015). Broken Consorts. Hobart Baha'i Centre, Hobart, Australia: Ensemble Offspring, Ironwood, ABC Classic FM, Hobart Baha'i Centre, Burnie Regional Gallery.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). Future Retro: 20 Years of Ensemble Offspring. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). Light is Calling. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Clique. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Ligeti Morphed. Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Music to Infinity. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Posh Playground. Melbourne Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Metropolis New Music Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Roar. Den Haag, Netherlands: Theater Dakota.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Sagittarius. Sydney, Australia: Sydney Grammar School.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Sizzle. Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Slow Flipping Harmonies. The Vanguard, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). The Listening Museum. Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring; Clocked Out; New Music Network.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). Music To Infinity. Grafton Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). New Radicals. Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). On Loop. Carriageworks (Bay 20), Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). Silva: Natural Music. Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Zavada, I., Edwardes, C. (2010). 1. Sensitive Spot 2. Die Wanderin 3. Black Arrow 4. Morphallaxis 5. In 6. Isolate. Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre Ultimo, Sydney, Australia: ISCM World New Music Days.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2010). Sounds Absurd. CarriageWorks Bay 20, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Ensemble Offspring & The New England Conservatorium of Music: Open Music. Melbourne Recital Centre, New England Conservatorium, Western Australia Museum, Melbourne, Armidale, Perth, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre, New England Conservatorium, 2009 Totally Huge New Music Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Kontakte. Brisbane Powerhouse, Sydney Opera House, This Is Not Art, Western Australian Museum, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House, Electrofringe, TTNMF, WA Museum.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Thirteen Colours. Melbourne Recital Centre, SCM, Melbourne, Sydney, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre, New Music Network.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Zodiac. SCM Atrium, Sydney, Australia: Smart Light Sydney Licht Concerts.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2008). Waiting to turn into puzzles. Chauvel Cinema, Sydney, Australia.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2005). The Art of Percussion. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.

Festivals

  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2010). Ross Edwards: Composer in Focus. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

2015

  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). 1. Portrait Concerto of Australian and Chinese composers 2. International Music Festival Artistic Directors' Concert 3. Master-Class for International Students Works Concert. Shanghai, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Symonds, J., Williams, K. (2015). An Index of Metals. Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Yeadon, D., Forsyth, N. (2015). Broken Consorts. Hobart Baha'i Centre, Hobart, Australia: Ensemble Offspring, Ironwood, ABC Classic FM, Hobart Baha'i Centre, Burnie Regional Gallery.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). Future Retro: 20 Years of Ensemble Offspring. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2015). Light is Calling. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre.

2013

  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Clique. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Ligeti Morphed. Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Music to Infinity. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Posh Playground. Melbourne Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Metropolis New Music Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Roar. Den Haag, Netherlands: Theater Dakota.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Sagittarius. Sydney, Australia: Sydney Grammar School.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Sizzle. Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). Slow Flipping Harmonies. The Vanguard, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2013). The Listening Museum. Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring; Clocked Out; New Music Network.

2012

  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). Music To Infinity. Grafton Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). New Radicals. Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). On Loop. Carriageworks (Bay 20), Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2012). Silva: Natural Music. Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Duck-Chong, J., Harvey, B., Edwardes, C. (2012). Three Judith Wright Songs. Ross Edwards Marquee 101. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2010

  • Ricketson, D., Zavada, I., Edwardes, C. (2010). 1. Sensitive Spot 2. Die Wanderin 3. Black Arrow 4. Morphallaxis 5. In 6. Isolate. Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre Ultimo, Sydney, Australia: ISCM World New Music Days.
  • Slater, P., Edwardes, C. (2010). Alteres Landscapes. New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney, Australia: ABC, NEw Music Network, UTS.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C., Noble, J. (2010). Hockey. Open Music. Blacktown arts centre, Blacktown, Australia: Ensemble Offspring/Blacktown Arts Centre.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2010). Ross Edwards: Composer in Focus. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2010). Sounds Absurd. CarriageWorks Bay 20, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.

2009

  • Leske, C., Oguey, A., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Edwardes, C., Mills, P., Boersma, K., Sydney Soloists, T. (2009). 1. Chilled. The Blue Mountains Concert Society presents The Sydney Soloists. Springwood Civic Centre, Sydney, Australia: The Blue Mountains Concert Society.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C. (2009). 1. Fragment 2. China Gates 3. Ragtime Robin 4. Rainbow Ripples 5. Ritual Protocol. Sunday Live with Marian Arnold. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.
  • Leske, C., Edwardes, C., Gartner, G., Nightingale, L., Noble, J., Cuddeford, J., Peelman, R. (2009). 1. Treize Couleurs du soleil couchant 2. Widdop, Phaetons, Relic 3. Talea. Thirteen Colours. Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Leske, C., Edwardes, C., Cuddeford, J. (2009). 2. Widdop, Phaetons, Relic. Ensemble Offspring & The New Music Network - Thirteen Colours. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • De Korte, N., Edwardes, C. (2009). 5. Wollim Sori (Vibration). Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Reminiscence. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C., Yoshimoto, N. (2009). 7. Sonata for piano and violin in G minor 9. Varied trio. Balkus, Edwardes and Yoshimoto. Government House, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Ensemble Offspring & The New England Conservatorium of Music: Open Music. Melbourne Recital Centre, New England Conservatorium, Western Australia Museum, Melbourne, Armidale, Perth, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre, New England Conservatorium, 2009 Totally Huge New Music Festival.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Kontakte. Brisbane Powerhouse, Sydney Opera House, This Is Not Art, Western Australian Museum, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House, Electrofringe, TTNMF, WA Museum.
  • Harvey, B., Edwardes, C., Ensemble, O. (2009). Kontakte. Ensemble Offspring 'Kontakte'. Opera House Studio, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Newcastle, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Thirteen Colours. Melbourne Recital Centre, SCM, Melbourne, Sydney, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre, New Music Network.
  • Cuddeford, J., Edwardes, C., Harvey, B. (2009). Widdop Phaetous Relic: i. Widdop ii. Phaetons iii. Relic. 2009 Totally Huge New Music Festival. Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia: Tura New Music.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2009). Zodiac. SCM Atrium, Sydney, Australia: Smart Light Sydney Licht Concerts.

2008

  • Lacey, G., Theak, D., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Edwardes, C., McMahon, M., Keller, A. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Flying Horse 3. Oh Charming Harlequin 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Hidden Amongst the Flowers 6. Peacock Song 7. Colourful Fancy 8. Cassander the Strong 9. Pierrot the Clown 10. Hot Air Balloon 11. Cradled in the Peacock's Tail 12. Epilogue. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Edwardes, C., Keller, A., Lacey, G., McMahon, M., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Wilson, J. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Oh charming Harlequin 3. Flying horse 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Colourful fancy 6. Cradled in the peacock's tail 7. Pierrot the clown 8. Hot air balloon 9. Hidden amongst the flowers 10. Peacock song 11. Cassander the strong 12. Epilogue. On Hush 8, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Music Council of Australia, Freedman Foundation, Royal Childrens Hospital.
  • Miller, D., Latukefu, L., Edwardes, C., Potts, D. (2008). 1. Earth and Space (selections) 2. Angklung. AURORA Festival, Creative Minds Under Construction COncert. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia: University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong.
  • Druery, J., Coogan, D., Atherton, M., Paine, G., Blom, D., Miller, D., Dean, R., Harvey, B., Smith, H., Latujefu, L., et al (2008). Music of the Spirit. On , 2 CDs, Wollongong, Australia: Wirripang.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2008). Waiting to turn into puzzles. Chauvel Cinema, Sydney, Australia.

2005

  • Peelman, R., Morgan, A., Sitsky, M., Walsh, L., Springford, D., Ockenden, M., Lewis, S., Edwardes, C., Serret, V., Talmacs, T., Forsyth, N., et al (2005). Bouchara. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Ricketson, D., Edwardes, C. (2005). The Art of Percussion. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney, Australia: Ensemble Offspring.
  • Walker, K., Edwardes, C., Dean, B., Jones, D., Gould, T. (2005). YuYa 2. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: APRA/AMC.

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