Player Profile - Kristopher Nash

Meet Kristopher Nash - TYO1’s Principal Clarinetist. Between TYO rehearsals, he is a grade ten student at Taroona High School.

Kris and his family first arrived in Australia in late 2011, after having sailed from Denmark 16 months earlier on the beautifully restored "Yukon" - a 1930 Danish fishing ketch. He was introduced to the clarinet by a friend at Franklin Primary School and decided immediately that he wanted to be a musician.

Kris received his first lesson from renowned Clarinetist, Steven Kenyon. After two years he began learning with Chris Waller (TSO Associate Principal Clarinet) and is currently studying with Andrew Seymour (TSO Principal Clarinet).

The Huon Valley Concert Band has seen and supported much of Kris' growth - he first conducted the ensemble at the age of twelve and then debuted as soloist at the age of fourteen. Following these initial opportunities, Kris has since conducted various bands at Taroona High and often assists classes while teachers are away.

The Big Rehearsal: Kris between teachers Chris Waller and Andrew Seymour

Kris’ recent achievements include film score composition for Avon Blazely’s award winning film Outside, and winning first prize in the chamber music section of the 2016 Clarence Eisteddfod alongside fellow TYO musician, Tasman Compton (TYO1 Principal Bassoon).

2016 has been Kris’ first year in TYO’s flagship ensemble and he speaks fondly of this experience:

“I really love it, because it allows me to be a part of the classical music world with other people who love it and commit on the same level as me.

“TYO also allows you to work with some brilliant musicians like Johannes Fritzsch, Jamie Allen and all the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra members through the brilliant Big Rehearsal program.”

We can't wait to see what is next in store for Kris!

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