2018 MusiciansElliott Plumpton

Elliott is a passionate and skilled young musician, in demand as a performer and instrumentalist. He is excited about promoting engaging, heartfelt, and innovative performance of diverse music.

Experiences with music from an early age shaped a conviction that performing would be an important part of Elliott’s life. Born in New Zealand, he was learning the piano by four years old, and the violin at six. Two years later (with a globe-trekking family) he was the youngest person at the time to successfully audition for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and by age thirteen had attained his DipABRSM in piano in Brisbane. More recently, Elliott received a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to study violin at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, guided by pedagogue Elizabeth Morgan AM. He graduated in 2017 with First Class Honours and the Maurice Mears Memorial Prize, and also received the prestigious University Medal in recognition of outstanding achievement for performing and academia during this degree. 

Elliott’s skills reach a much broader audience than the classical idiom alone; a keen interest in improvisation has allowed him to collaborate in genres like jazz, pop and indie. He also complements this with a collection of other life interests including graphic design, running and travel. He was Vice-Captain and Valedictorian of his high school, Academic Dux of his grade multiple times, represented in sport, and graduated at 16 in the top 2% of Queensland in academic achievement. In 2018, Elliott is pursuing his musical passion through performance study in violin at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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