Molly Collier-O’Boyle is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist. 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. This is her second year studying viola at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.
Highlights in Molly’s musical journey thus far include touring internationally with the Queensland Youth Symphony, touring as Concertmaster to China with the Australian International Opera Company and being Principal Second Violin at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. 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, Woodford Folk Festival and was a curator for Brisbane's successful arts event series Paint it Red. 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.
In 2017 Molly was Principal Viola of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Porter Chamber Orchestra at National Music Camp, Momentum Ensemble and was a recipient of an Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund. She also participated in the AYO Chamber Players and the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowships. Molly premiered Nabunum’s Water by Melody Eötvös for chamber orchestra, mixed media and video and Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonata for Viola and Piano Leaving Earth. She freelances professionally with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra.
Molly was recently on a collaborative national tour with ANAM and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In the coming months she looks forward to being an Australian World Orchestra Academy Player, being a finalist in the 3MBS The Talent, semi-finalist in Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Virtuosity Competition and recently has been invited to participate in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in the U.S.
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary and Arnold Bram, Jerry Koliha and Marlene Krelle, Kerry Landman, Traudl Moon, Richard O'Dwyer, Rob Piaggio, Igor Zambelli and Jenny Lee
Image by Pia Johnson