Catherine McCorkill

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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. In 1986 Catherine became principal clarinettist in the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, subsequently taking up positions at the WA Conservatorium of Music as a member of Ensemble Vasse, and at the Victorian College of the Arts, before joining the Australia Ensemble in 1995.

Catherine has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and most of the Australian Symphony Orchestras. Since 1993 she has had a long association with the ACO as principal clarinettist and recently toured with the orchestra to the USA and Europe. Catherine has also appeared as guest principal with most Australian orchestras. She has performed regularly at major Australian chamber music festivals and other accomplished chamber groups such as Selby & Friends (Trioz) and the Australian String Quartet, with whom she has toured nationally.

Catherine's premiere performance of Nigel Westlake's Rare Sugar for solo clarinet and ensemble, commissioned for the Australia Ensemble, led to a 2008 APRA/ AMC Award for the best performance of an Australian work. Her CD recording with her colleagues in the Australia Ensemble of the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms was highly acclaimed in ABC 24 Hours magazine.

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