A clarinettist originally from Perth, Jarrad Linke began training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019 with David Thomas, Principal Clarinet of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He previously attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), studying under Allan Meyer, Principal Clarinet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Whilst at WAAPA, he began to cultivate a strong interest in orchestral and chamber music performance. Jarrad was a finalist in the Warana Concerto Competition in 2016 and performed as Principal Clarinet of the Faith Court Orchestra. He was an active member of the WA Youth Orchestra from 2014-2017, touring internationally with the Orchestra in 2016. Jarrad transferred his studies to the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where he studied under Paul Dean, and completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2018.
Jarrad has performed as a soloist (performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto) with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Clarinet of the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2018. Whilst at the Conservatorium, Jarrad was selected to perform in masterclasses with soloists Julian Bliss and Sabine Meyer.
Jarrad has taken part in programs through the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, appeared twice as Principal Clarinet on tours to China with the Australian International Opera Company, performed with Brisbane-based chamber ensemble Southern Cross Soloists, and as a casual musician with WASO and QSO.
Aside from playing the clarinet, Jarrad is passionate about the environment, has a keen eye for ornithology, skateboarding and spending large amounts of time at the beach.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by the Simon Lee Foundation and ANAMsyndicate - Loris Orthwein and Michael Elliott, Jacob and Elizabeth Okno, John and Chris Conquest, Robert Whitehead
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