MusiciansCalen Linke

A horn player originally from Perth, Calen is in his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) after graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), studying under Principal Horn of WASO, David Evans and 4th Horn of WASO, Francesco Lo Surdo.

In Calen’s time at WAAPA, he has played in the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn for various operas, musicals and symphony concerts. In 2017 Calen joined the West Australian Youth Orchestra and has played in multiple exciting concerts with them since, including their most recent WASO/WAYO side-by-side. He has also attended multiple programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2015.

In 2018 Calen featured as a finalist in the annual Warana Concerto Competition, performing as soloist with the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra. In 2021 Calen was runner-up for the prestigious Richard Gill Award, given to a graduating WAAPA classical student showcasing excellence in performance.

Calen has worked with various Perth orchestras and ensembles including Perth Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Banksia Ensemble, Perth Orchestra Project, and the Vienna Pops Orchestra for their annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Perth Concert Hall.

Aside from playing the horn, Calen is a keen surfer, specialty coffee enthusiast, and runs barefoot or in minimalist footwear.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Primo donor - Simon Lee Foundation

Photo credit Pia Johnson


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