Brisbane-based cellist, Patrick Murphy has been named as the new cellist with the Tinalley String Quartet.  Patrick will join the ensemble in January 2018.   A native of Perth, Patrick is an acclaimed chamber musician and cello pedagogue.  Currently based at the School of Music, University of Queensland as Cello Performance Fellow, he was previously a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet and has played with many prestigious Australian chamber ensembles including the Grainger String Quartet, the Southern Cross Soloists, the Australian String Quartet, Ensemble Q and the Sydney Soloists.  “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the Tinalley String Quartet, having admired their work for years now” Patrick explains, “I can’t wait to dive back into the amazing repertoire for string quartet and to explore all sorts of other collaborations with this ensemble.”

“Patrick has a reputation as one of Australia’s finest cellists and chamber musicians, and his passion for playing string quartets was evident from the first moment we played with him” says founding member and 2nd violinist, Lerida Delbridge.  “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome him as we begin this new chapter in Tinalley’s life.”

Departing cellist Michelle Wood will perform with the quartet for the final time this weekend at the inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival.  As founding cellist, Michelle played with Tinalley for 14 years, during which time the Quartet won the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Patrick will first take the stage with the group in March, 2018 at the Adelaide Festival where the Quartet will premiere a reimagined chamber music adaptation of Nigel Westlake’s Compassion for Octet which Tinalley has commissioned.