Can art save us?
Save us from what? Ourselves? The government? The pandemic? Climate crisis? No I don't believe that art per say can ‚'save us' but I do feel that through art we can delve into deep questions around such things as ethics, beauty and the future and this is supremely important for a reflective society and culture. I also believe that art can buoy us up and support us in times of crisis so it is this two pronged approach to relevant art of our time that I constantly draw on in my own directions as an artist
Internationally acclaimed Australian percussionist and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes is the only Australian to win the 'APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual' three times demonstrating her deep commitment to the Australian art music scene.
Claire is also an advocate of gender equity in classical music and as such is the Australian Keychange ambassador.
Claire has performed concertos with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras as well as numerous European orchestras.
Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of tens of thousands, Claire is extremely passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated to new audiences.