Patrick Murphy

The newest member of the group, Patrick Murphy began cello lessons in Perth with Rosemary Iversen. His undergraduate studies were with Gregory Baron and Michael Goldschlager at UWA.  He co-founded the Halcyon Quartet, finalists in the inaugural Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (1997).

After completing post-graduate studies with Alexander Ivashkin in Christchurch, Patrick moved to Sydney in 2000 to create the Tankstream Quartet with fellow teachers at the Australian Institute of Music, under the guidance of Alice Waten. The Tankstream went on to win the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001), and the audience prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003). They went on to further study with the Alban Berg Quartet, Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet). In 2004, they were invited by the Australian Government to play at the Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary Donaldson in Denmark.

Returning to Sydney, Patrick founded the Whitely Piano Trio in 2006 (later to become Nexus Piano Quartet) and joined the Grainger String Quartet, at the same time teaching in the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium. Patrick was appointed Cello Performance Fellow at the University of Queensland in 2011. He joined the Southern Cross Soloists, with whom he performed until 2017 and the White Halo Ensemble, resident ensemble at UQ.

Patrick has worked extensively with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and toured with the Australian World Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney), the UQ Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata of St Johns.

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