Aviva Endean is a clarinet player, improviser, composer and performance-maker. Her work with sound spans a wide variety of performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, creating immersive sonic environments, new chamber music, band projects, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Her debut solo album ‘cinder : ember : ashes’ was released on acclaimed Norwegian label SOFA in 2018 and offers a selection of both composed and improvised work.
As a performance maker, Aviva often explores expanding the audience experience of sound by creating unusual, spatially engaged, and participatory contexts for listening.
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 Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominated for the EG music Awards ‘Best Avant-garde/Experimental act’ 2013, and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014 and she has been described as “Australia’s most versatile clarinettist” in Real Time 2014.
Her collaborative projects have included work with Australia’s most exciting arts organisations and festivals, including The Australian Art Orchestra, Chamber Made, Quiver New Music, ASTRA, Ensemble Offspring, ELISION, Dark MOFO, Slave Pianos, COMA, MONA, Madeleine Fylnn and Tim Humphrey, Geoff Robinson, Musica Viva, Out Hear and Golden Fur with performances at festivals an concert series including Metropolis, INLAND, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, WOMAD, Liquid Architecture, COMA, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and The Melbourne Festival.