Caleb grew up in a small town in rural NSW, where he began studying the cello at the age of six under Takao Mitzushima and continued under Uzi Wiesel for seven years. He was awarded both an AMusA and LMusA in cello, and an AMusA in piano, all with Distinction by the age of 15. 2019 is Caleb’s fourth year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) learning under Howard Penny.
In 2014, Caleb was granted the AYO Ernest Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship to participate at the Keshet Eilon Strings Mastercourse in Israel. He was also a Young Artist Festival Fellow at the Canberra International Music Festival the following year. In his commencing year at ANAM, he was the co-recipient of the Most Outstanding Performance in a Solo Recital award. He was also a finalist in the 2016 and 2018 ANAM Concerto Competitions, winning in 2018 performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. Also last year, he had the wonderful opportunity to perform as concert soloist in the Australian Ballet production Verve with Orchestra Victoria, and was broadcast on ABC Classic FM performing the Debussy Cello Sonata with Kathryn Stott.
Caleb has been involved with many Australian Youth Orchestra programs and toured with them throughout Europe and Asia in 2016, and will do so again in 2019. Last year, Caleb was awarded the String Player award at the Gisborne International Competition. Caleb has participated in cello masterclasses with Alban Gerhardt and Kyril Zlotnikov, and as a pianist with Lang Lang. He has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5, ArtSound FM in Canberra and many others.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Elise Callander, Merilyn and David Howorth, Barry and Joan Miskin, Loris Orthwein, Margaret Plarre, Jenny Tatchell
Photo by Pia Johnson