Patrick Murphy – Cello

Recently appointed cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet, Patrick’s career combines a love of cello, chamber music and teaching.

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.

Recent concerto performances have included appearances with the Camerata, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney), and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick has performed extensively with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has premiered new works for solo cello by Australian composers Paul Dean and James Ledger.

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.

Patrick lives in Brisbane on a steep tree-covered block with his wife, some freeloading possums and a lovely magpie family.