CLARINET / BASS CLARINET / FLUTE / TENOR SAX
Multi instrumentalist Karen Heath graduated with first-class honours for her Master of Music Performance in 2005, and produced a thesis on performing the music of Stockhausen. In 2005 and 2007, she worked with Stockhausen at the annual course in Kürten, Germany, and was awarded a 2nd and 3rd place respectively for her performances of two of Stockhausen's choreographed solo clarinet pieces.
Karen is a member of Arcko Symphonic Ensemble and New Palm Court Orchestra, and has worked with Libra Ensemble, Sunwrae Ensemble, composer James Hullick, Lior, Orchestra Victoria, David Ross MacDonald (The Waifs), Kate Neal, The Royal Australian Airforce Band, and has performed several times at the Melbourne International Jazz and Arts Festivals. In 2009, she was nominated for an APRA award for a piece she performed with Arcko Symphonic Project, 'Learning to Howl' by Andrew Ford, and in 2011, she was the soloist with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble in Elliot Gyger's work 'A Wilderness of Mirrors' on Eb Clarinet. This work was recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM, who described Karen's performance as 'virtuosic'. She has recorded at Abbey Road studios and as a composer, has had works commissioned by ensembles in Iceland, Japan, Canada and England.