Molly Collier-O’Boyle is a Melbourne based violist and violinist. Through working as an educator, curator, composer and performer she hopes to bend and mix genres together whilst combining different artistic mediums in a variety of projects and concert experiences.
Born in sunny Brisbane, Molly grew up in a musical household and played jazz and funk bass as well as folk violin. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance in classical violin under the tutelage of Michele Walsh in 2015 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and in 2016 completed her Graduate Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Queensland with Adam Chalabi. Since 2017 she has been training as a violist at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.
As a passionate chamber musician she has participated in such festivals as the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, Musica Viva Festival (AYO Chamber Players), Woodford Folk Festival, Huntington Estate Music Festival and was a curator for Brisbane's successful arts event series Paint it Red. She has also performed in other popular cross genre events series such as Dots + Loops and Play On.
Accolades include the Minor Award in the Ena Williams Postgraduate Award as well as first places in the Jani Hanki and 4MBS chamber music prizes. She is currently a member of the Walsh String Quartet, and has played chamber music alongside the likes of Lawrence Power and Anthony Marwood whilst at ANAM.
In 2017 Molly was Principal Viola of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Porter Chamber Orchestra at National Music Camp, and the AYO Momentum Ensemble, and was a recipient of an Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund. She freelances with the Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra.
In 2018 Molly was an Australian World Orchestra Academy Player, a finalist in the 3MBS ‘The Talent’ and a semi-finalist in Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Virtuosity Competition. She attended Ensemble Evolution and was tutored by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), and was a fellow at the Bang on a Summer Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (USA).
In 2019 she looks forward to commencing her Master of Music through Griffith University, and being an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary and Arnold Bram, Jerry Koliha and Marlene Krelle, Kerry Landman, Traudl Moon, Richard O'Dwyer, the late Rob Piaggio, Igor and Jenny Zambelli
Photo by Pia Johnson