Aviva Endean is a clarinetist and bass-clarinettist based in Melbourne who works in a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts. Her major projects currently include Mamushka, a five piece instrumental group who perform Aviva’s original compositions, Melbourne’s pioneer Gypsy-death-core band The Barons of Tang who toured to the USA and New Zealand this year and Quiver, a new music ensemble which she co-directs who performs new and obscure contemporary art music.
Aviva completed her study at the Victorian College of the Arts under the tutelage of Robert Schubert, Richard Haynes, Julia Stoppa and Adam Simmons. During her years of study there she was awarded numerous awards including the Atheneum prize for chamber music with both the Prokofiev Quintet and Quiver new music ensemble, the Friends of the VCA award and the Lionel Gell Merit award.
Aviva used this travelling scholarship in Canada to pursue study in contemporary performance and creative improvisation at McGill University and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute with Francois Houle, Evan Parker and Barry Guy.
She was recently awarded the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award and an Australia Council Art Start grant, which enabled her to take part in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute and to undertake further private study with bass clarinet virtuosi in Europe including, Harry Spaarnay, Fie Schoeten, Carl Rosman, Laura Carmicheal and Stump/Lindshalm duo.