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About Us

Ensemble Offspring

Sydney based Ensemble Offspring are a group of risk taking and virtuosic instrumentalists, led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes. Dedicated to the music of living composers with a holistic commitment to the music of our time, we create musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. New sounds, exciting collaborations, showcasing the original voices of living artists – our repertoire is eclectic, progressive and innovative. 

Winners of the 2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award, nominated for a 2019 Aria Award and winners of the 2016 APRA Award for Excellence by an Organisation, we have performed in centres as far reaching as Launceston to Glasgow and Albany to Shanghai. Through our Hatched Academy and First Nations Composer in Residence programs, we support emerging and under represented artists, in particular, championing female identifying and First Nations Australian composers. Over the past 25 years, Ensemble Offspring have fostered the creation of over three hundred works of daring new music.

“In a music industry that can often feel impenetrable — most of all for marginalised voices — its mission is not just honourable, but essential. In other words, it is not just doing the right thing, it is doing what’s necessary for the survival of new music in Australia.” Cut Common 2018

The ensemble in depth

Meet the musicians

Meet the management

Our fantastic collaborators