Eddie Ayres is a writer, musician and broadcaster. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing the viola when he was eight years old. He studied music in Manchester, Berlin and London, played professionally in the UK and Hong Kong before moving to Australia in 2003.
In 2016, after many years presenting ABC Classic FM’s breakfast program, Eddie accepted a position teaching cello, viola and double bass to children at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Amid the chaos and unpredictability of life in war-savaged Kabul, Eddie, who was then Emma, had to accept his future and returned to Australia to begin transitioning from female to male. He transitioned just before his fiftieth birthday.
Eddie is the author of Cadence (2014) about his journey by bicycle from England to Hong Kong with only a violin for company, Danger Music (2017) describing his year teaching music in Afghanistan, and his children’s book Sonam and the Silence will be published in August 2018.