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Catherine McCorkill

Catherine has toured nationally as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has performed concerti with most of the Australian Symphony Orchestras. Regularly appearing as Principal Clarinettist with the ACO since 1994, she has also played as guest principal with the Melbourne, Sydney, West Australian Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Since 1995 she has been a member of the highly acclaimed chamber music group, the Australia Ensemble, resident at UNSW, and has toured with her colleagues throughout Australia and to the UK (Wigmore Hall) USA, Canada,Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and South America. Catherine has also toured as a guest artist with the Australian String Quartet and is often featured at the major chamber music festivals such as Huntington and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Originally from Perth, WA, Catherine graduated with the Performance Prize from the Canberra School of Music, studying with Donald Westlake, after which she received a Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe & the USA with Hans Deinzer, Anthony Pay, John McCaw, Guy Deplus, Gervase de Peyer and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. Catherine has previously held various positions around the country, including principal clarinet in the Queensland Philharmonic, Lecturer in Clarinet at the WA Conservatorium (as a member of Ensemble Vasse) and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Alongside her performing career, Catherine was appointed as Lecturer in Woodwind (Clarinet) at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2006, and since 2005 she has been a guest tutor at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

In 2007 Catherine premiered two exciting new works: Nigel Westlake's "Rare Sugar" for solo clarinet and ensemble, and "Oma Kodu" for clarinet and string quartet by Andrew Ford, both commissioned for the Australia Ensemble. Her "Tall Poppies" label CD recording with her colleagues in the Australia Ensemble of the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms has received excellent reviews.

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Selby & Friends proudly presents the third tour for 2010, 18 - 26 July, entitled 'Timeless' with works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Bruch, and Olivier Messiaen. Click here to view upcoming concerts.


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