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Brigid Burke

b. 1960

Brigid Burke is a clarinet soloist, visual artist, composer, and educator. She commenced the piano at the age of 4, and, at 13, discovered the clarinet. She moved to Canberra in 1981 to study clarinet under Donald Westlake and Peter Clinch who had inspired her in her teens through their performances and recordings. She developed a passion for composition at this time (studied under Larry Sitsky and Dan Senn) and visual art. Burke has performed and composed extensively in solo and chamber recitals through acoustic and electronic media, both nationally and internationally. Recent festival highlights include the 2000 Sonic Residues Festival and the Festival of Contemporary Bralia in Romania. She also received favourable reviews for a recent solo concert in Adelaide which featured her original clarinet, live/prerecorded electronics and video compositions. Major projects have included an ABC commission for New Music Australia - the electroacoustic composition The retreating flower, the Composing Women's Festival (1994 & 97) and Melbourne International Festivals (1995-98). Composition awards include Buckland Room Foundation awards, grants from the South Australian Government and Australia Council Grants for performances of her works. As a freelance performer/composer Brigid Burke is recording regularly for ABC broadcasts on ABC FM as well as live broadcasts, CD recordings, and interviews on local & overseas radio. Her most recent CD recordings, INTERSECT and TRI DUO, have been reviewed and broadcast internationally.

Birth place
Melbourne, Vic, Australia