Eli is in his third year of the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with Caroline Henbest, having previously received his Bachelor of Music studying with David Deacon at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) in Brisbane.
As a keen chamber musician, he has performed at many festivals including the Canberra International, Huntington Estate, Musica Viva, TarraWarra, Melbourne, Brisbane Baroque and Queensland Music Festivals in and alongside ensembles such as the ANAM String Orchestra, Camerata of St Johns’ and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Eli has also played in symphony orchestras regularly for many years including the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras, ANAM Orchestra, CIMF Festival Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and in side-by-side projects with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. He has been privileged to work under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Simone Young, Manfred Honeck, Sir Mark Elder and Richard Gill and to participate in multiple international, national and statewide tours with a variety of ensembles.
Although Eli’s not a huge fan of solo playing, he has won and been a finalist in some awards and gives recitals at ANAM; the next few being in the South Melbourne Town Hall in June, August and November of this year.
If he had to choose one highlight of his time at ANAM (so far) it would be performing the Penderecki Sextet with his favourite colleagues in the finals of the 2016 ANAM Chamber Competition where they took home the Musica Viva Prize and 2nd place.
In his time away from the viola, Eli likes riding his bike and not eating mushrooms.
Student Beneficiary Support generously contributed by Margaret Johnson
Image by Pia Johnson