Aviva Endean is a Melbourne-based clarinettist and bass clarinettist whose performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts, including experimental and improvised music, chamber music, world music and inter-arts collaborations.
A passionate exponent of new and unusual repertoire, Aviva has commissioned and premiered compositions by numerous Australian composers, presented Australian premieres of works by notable European composers, and is co-director of Quiver, a new music ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and obscure art music.
Quiver ensemble have recently returned from their first international trip, where they completed a month-long creative development residency in Berlin and attended the Darmstadt New Music Festival, generously supported by the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship.
Interested in exploring different modes for audience/performer interaction, Aviva developed the ‘Intimate Sound Immersion’ in 2013, a unique performance for one blindfolded person at a time using sounds of everyday objects alongside the bass clarinet.
Since 2009, Aviva has been a unique voice in Melbourne’s pioneer ‘Gypsy-death-core’ band,The Barons of Tang, which has been touring to major festivals in Australia, NZ, Europe, Canada and the USA.
Aviva completed her study at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was awarded numerous awards, including the Athenaeum prize for chamber music, the Friends of the VCA award, the Lionel Gell Merit award and the Willem Van Otterloo Memorial award.
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