2019 MusiciansJames Morley

James Morley is currently training with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), after having completed a Bachelor at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2018, studying under scholarship with Julian Smiles.  

Since 2010, James has been involved with the Australian Youth Orchestras, and has been Principal Cello on many programs. James was also involved with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra for many years, and has performed a concerto with the orchestra. James' many solo engagements include playing in the Adelaide International Cello Festivals, recitals with National Youth Concerto Competition in 2014, and he has been broadcast on Fine Music FM. James also was a semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand in 2016. In 2018, James was a finalist in the Conservatorium Concerto Competition, and later performed a concerto with Sydney Youth Orchestras. This year James is an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. 

With a strong interest in chamber music, James was cellist of the Butcherbird Quartet in Sydney, who have been active in the Sydney chamber music scene, including involvement in the Opus Now concert series and participation in schools and festivals in the Netherlands, Finland, and Italy. James is also a core member of Continuo Continuum, an early music ensemble based in Adelaide which specialises in discovering and adapting early music works.  

James has been fortunate to receive chamber music tutelage from renowned international quartets and chamber musicians, and has played solo in masterclasses and lessons with many performing cellists and pedagogues, and has performed all around Europe, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. 


James plays the 'Ex-Robert Barrett' cello made in 2004 by Rainer Beilharz, kindly on loan from Professor Mitra Guha in memory of her late husband.

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Eric Dias and Roger Bau, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Liz O'Shaughnessy and Roger Badalassi, Jerry Koliha and Marlene Krelle, The Orloff Family Charitable Trust, Youth Music Foundation of Australia, Anonymous (1)

Photo by Pia Johnson

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