About Kathy 

​Kathy Williams-Devries is an international award winning clari​nettist from Brisbane, Australia. Her first award was at the age of 12, winning the 12 and under section of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society Competition. She has since won all sections of the Qld Clarinet Society Competition, including the Open Section​ twice and was the first recipient of the Jenny Reuther Memorial Scholarship. Major awards she has won include second place in the International Clarinet Society Competition, Austalian Music Foundation Award and Instrumental Finalist of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.Kathy trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, intially at Young Conservatorium, then as an undergraduate Bachelor of Music student. She completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in 1999. She was then accepted into the first intake of the Australian National Academy of Music Intensive Wind Program in early 2000. She then took up a year on exchange with the Royal College of Music. During this period, she was heavily influenced by the weekly singing masterclasses, and strives to 'sing' through her clarinet as much as possible. In 2013 she completed a Master of Music Studies, during which she took a number of Music Technology Courses to enchance her training in ways to record the clarinet including Logic Pro X and ProTools. She has been a soloist with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Harlow Symphony Orchestra.Kathy is a firm believer in the healing power of natural therapies, and her CDs play in a number of clinics in Brisbane.

Kathy plays on Buffet RC Prestige B flat and A clarinets,  and an Amati C clarinet. She plays on a Rico Reserve X5 mouthpiece with BG Ligature and Vandoren V12 strength 3 1/2 reeds, though she has recently tried the Legere Signature Series 4 and 4 1/4 reeds and finds them excellent practice reeds.  She stores her reeds in a Vandoren Hygrocase. She uses a Neotech clarinet strap to support the instrument. Over the last year she has started using Backun Fatboy barrels on her regular and C clarinet, and is featured as part of the Backun Musical community http://backunmusical.com/artists/kathy-williams-devries/