Caleb began playing the cello at the age of five after hearing the instrument appear in his favourite Powderfinger song. He also plays piano, double bass and bassoon, but none of these instruments ever took his interest quite like the cello.
Born in Bendigo and having lived in north-east Victoria all his life, the move to the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2018 was his first chance to live in a big city after finishing secondary schooling in Albury at the end of 2017.
Caleb is a keen orchestral cellist, having driven eight hours return every weekend for four years to play in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra as Principal Cellist, as well as to have lessons with MSO Cellist Rohan de Korte. He has also played in a range of Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) programs and will be performing with AYO for their International Tour later this year. He was a finalist in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition in 2015, and was awarded the Clifford Hocking Scholarship in the same year.
Living in Albury allowed Caleb to participate in a wide range of musical activities in 2017, such as playing the role of Marius in Livid’s production of Les Misérables, as well as a local string quartet, amongst other things. Caleb hopes to explore more chamber music in the future and he is excited to train in a musically rich and inspiring environment to pursue his dreams of becoming an orchestral cellist.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Michael and Lizanne Goodwin, Sheila Hirst and Kym Thompson, James Turnbull, Frances and Daniel Wallace, Christina and Terry Hart, Hywel Sims, Mary and Arnold Bram, Jannie Brown, Ian Greer, Anonymous (1)
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