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Andrew Uren

Performer, Commissioner


Andrew Uren is a clarinettist and a bass clarinet specialist. He studied at Auckland University under the direction of Peter Scholes where he completed his Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours and his post-graduate Uitvoerend Musicus (U.M.) at Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam, with bass clarinettist, Harry Sparnaay.

Andrew holds a post graduate Diploma of Education, and presently tutors at the University Of Auckland - School Of Music, and seven Auckland schools. He has been teaching clarinet since 1989, and directing clarinet choirs, wind ensembles, and concert bands, and has worked on a one-off basis with classes under the 2003 APOPS system. Andrew conducted rehearsals of the Auckland Wind Orchestra (previously Auckland Youth Symphonic Band). Through the 175 East/KBB Music Composition Competition, and through the Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawke's Bay), as well as other organisations, he has taken workshops and masterclasses at all levels for solo and ensemble playing and composition.

Andrew freelances with the Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Chamber, Christchurch Symphony, and Southern Sinfonia orchestras. He is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble 175 East which was awarded the 2003 Citation for Services to New Zealand Music. Andrew also works with Australia's premiere contemporary ensemble, Elision.

Andrew and his wife, Katherine Hebley, form the KAHU Ensemble which has given recitals throughout New Zealand, in England and in Fiji, and in late 2003 recorded and performed Anthony Ritchie's Double Concerto for Cello and Bass Clarinet with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.

Commissioned (4)


for bass clarinet and ensemble, 13m

Chaos of Delight I

for bass clarinet, 8m


for solo bass clarinet, 5m


for bass clarinet, gentle percussion and soundscape, 13m