Australia Council for the Arts – Tinalley String Quartet Biographies

Tinalley String Quartet

Adam Chalabi – 1st Violin
Lerida Delbridge – 2nd Violin
Justin Williams – Viola
Patrick Murphy – Cello

Internationally acclaimed for its ‘addictive sound’, ‘intuitive’ music making and ‘technical virtuosity’, the Tinalley String Quartet (TSQ) has established itself as one of Australia’s finest string quartets and most awarded classical music exports.

Now in its 16th year, the Tinalley String Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize of the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, and captured the world’s attention in 2007 when it was awarded First Prize at the prestigious 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and United States, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bremen Die Glocke, Frankfurt AlteOper and the Sydney Opera House. International highlights have included performances in New York, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego. The Quartet remains the only Australian ensemble to have been presented in the preeminent Berlin Konzerthaus International String Quartet Series and the Jeunesse Musik Erleben Series at the Musikverein.

In Australia, the Quartet has appeared at the nation’s premier festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Adelaide Festival, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, the Huntington Festival, the Port Fairy Festival and the Coriole Festival.

In addition to performing the great masterpieces of the quartet repertory, the Quartet has a passion for collaborating with artists outside of the classical sphere. Such projects have included appearances at the Perth International Arts Festival with UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and ‘Beethoven’s Letters’, a musical narrative that interweaves the quartets of Beethoven with his own writings, with acclaimed Australian actors John Bell and John Stanton. More recently, Tinalley commissioned the reimagining of the orchestral song cycle ‘Compassion’ by Nigel Westlake and singer/songwriter Lior for chamber septet and voice which was premiered at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. In 2019, the Quartet will premiere a new commission by Australian composer, Mary Finsterer.

In 2018 Tinlley released its first recording with the DECCA Classics label of the Ravel and Debussy String Quartets. In 2019, the Quartet will release the Mendelssohn String Quartets Opus 12 and 13, together with a newly commissioned set of Mendelssohn songs, rearranged for quartet and voice by Calvin Bowman for the Australian soprano, Greta Bradman. This release will be the first of three new discs of Mendelssohn’s works for string quartet that Tinalley will record over the next two years for DECCA Classics, culminating in the first Mendelssohn cycle recorded by an Australian quartet.

The Quartet is currently Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Queensland, where it works closely with students at the School of Music as both chamber music and performance mentors and engages with the broader University community through performance.

The Tinalley String Quartet is named after the laneway that runs through The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus where the Quartet formed.

Between 2017 and 2019, the Quartet has been honoured by the Vice Regal Patronage of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales.

Individual Biographies

Adam Chalabi – 1st Violin

Adam Chalabi currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Queensland. He was Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria between 2009-2012 before moving into the role of Artistic Director. In 2012, Adam was appointed to the full-time faculty of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and held the position of Head of Strings.

Born in the UK, Adam attended the junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Purcell School of Music before completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski. In 2001 Adam won a position in the Zurich Chamber Orchestra 1st violin group and in 2004 was appointed to the position of Principal 2nd violin. Adam has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Sydney Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Lerida Delbridge – 2nd Violin

A founding member of the Tinalley String Quartet, Lerida began learning the violin at the age of three and at fifteen, began her undergraduate studies with William Hennessy as part of the Melbourne University Program for High Achieving Students. In 2014 Lerida was appointed to the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Lerida completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Melbourne in 2003, and has pursued solo study at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland and the International Holland Music Sessions.  Lerida has appeared as a guest Principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.  Lerida has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and appeared as Associate Concertmaster in the 2015 Season of the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Justin Williams – Viola

Justin holds the position of Assistant Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is the founding violist of the Tinalley String Quartet.   Justin has performed as Principal Viola with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO), Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Australia ProArte and as soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and AOBO.

From 2009 to 2012 Justin was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a core player of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.  A member of the Australian World Orchestra, Justin has performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Maestro Zubin Mehta.   A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Justin holds a Master of Music Performance degree attained under the tutelage of William Hennessy, Caroline Henbest and Brett Dean.

Patrick Murphy – Cello

Appointed cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet in 2018, Patrick has a distinguished history in chamber music performance.  He was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet who took first prize in the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001). The Tankstream also won the audience prize and third place in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003).  Further study in quartet performance with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet) preceded an invitation from the Australian Government to play at the reception of the Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen. Patrick went on to cofound the Whitely trio (now Nexus Piano Quartet) and joined the Grainger Quartet and later, the Southern Cross Soloists.

Patrick is Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland and a member of White Halo, UQ’s Ensemble in Residence. He is the Director of the String Chamber Music Academy at Sound Thinking Australia’s Summer School Music Program in Brisbane.