Tilly Kooyman, clarinet, is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician with a special interest in contemporary music. She has performed across Canada, toured Japan with the Higashi-Hiroshima Clarinet Ensemble, and performed at the World Bass Clarinet Convention in the Netherlands with the duo Bass Impact. This past summer, Tilly and poet/actor Rae Crossman were invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Vancouver. Tilly can be heard on four compact discs of music by Canadian composers and has premiered many new works that have been broadcast on CBC’s Two New Hours and on West German Radio. She has worked with renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer for over twenty years and has performed in many of his unique multi-disciplinary works of the Patria Cycle.
Her education includes a Master of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario, an Associateship from the Royal Conservatory of Music and advanced studies at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. A former student of James Campbell and Robert Riseling, she has also studied ‘Deep Listening’ with Pauline Oliveros and free improvisation with Casey Sokol.