Aviva Endean, a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer, was described by Real Time in 2014 as ‘Australia’s most versatile clarinettist’. She is interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. She challenges standard forms and contexts for performance in order to create new and unexpected ways of engaging with her work. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts, including experimental and improvised music, theatre, immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations.
Aviva is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo Memorial Award, the Athenaeum Chamber Music Prize and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominated for the EG Music Awards for ‘best Avant-garde/experimental act’ 2013 and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014.