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Bronwyn Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick, Bronwyn

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick is a shihan (master) of the shakuhachi who studied with shakuhachi grand-master Dr Riley Lee in Sydney, Australia for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in clarinet performance, graduating from the Canberra School of Music, ANU with Distinction in 1994.

Bronwyn has played the shakuhachi with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz. She has been awarded numerous awards and prizes, including a Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant, which enabled her to further her studies in Japan with Kaoru Kakizakai, Teruo Furuya, Kazushi Matama and Katsuya Yokoyama.

Bronwyn was a prize winner at the prestigious All-Japan National Music Competition (for Traditional Japanese instruments) in 2005 and a finalist at the S-1 World Grand Prix Competition at the World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008.

Bronwyn has performed at numerous festivals nationally and internationally, including the World Shakuhachi Festival, the OzAsia Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Four Winds Festival, Winter Magic Festival, Sydney Writer’s Festival and the National Folk Festival. She performs regularly as a freelance artist, both as soloist and in combination with western and traditional instruments. Bronwyn is also an active teacher of the shakuhachi in Sydney and around the world via Skype.

Bronwyn’s new CD Shingetsu was released in 2013, featuring honkyoku and contemporary classical works by two Australian composers, Lachlan Skipworth and Kim Cunio.



The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018