For William Huxtable, a founding member and violinist of the Partridge String Quartet (PSQ), he has always had an interest and enjoyed performing in a diverse range of musical contexts.
He is a past recipient of the Delano Music Scholarship at the University of Western Australia as a student of Paul Wright and now currently trains at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Dr Robin Wilson. He has participated in masterclasses with violinists Alina Ibragimova, Tasmin Little and concertmasters Noah-Bendix Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic) and Roman Simovic (London Symphony Orchestra).
Growing up in Perth, music has always been prevalent in William's life when he began violin at the age of three. Since then, he has gone on to perform as a chamber and orchestral musician around Australia. During his time at ANAM, he has had the privilege to perform alongside the Australian World Orchestra under esteemed conductor Simone Young and performed at the Huntington Estate Music Festival with world-renowned musicians. Additionally, William has performed on radio on multiple occasions particularly on 3MBS Live Music Melbourne. As an avid fan of French music, it was a highlight to perform Debussy’s Violin Sonata live on ABC Classic with pianist Sine Winther in 2018.
William is passionate about chamber music and as part of the PSQ he has performed at the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as part of a string quartet residency program. Earlier this year, the PSQ were joint winners of the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition. His chamber music performances at ANAM and at Melbourne Recital Centre also include performing with Matthew Mcdonald and Stefan Dohr from the Berlin Philharmonic and world-renowned pianists Imogen Cooper and Roy Howat.
William was delighted to tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in a side-by-side collaboration as an ANAM musician in 2018. He has since then been selected as an ‘Emerging Artist’ of the ACO where he will tour and perform with ACO musicians such as Pekka Kuusisto and Helena Rathbone on several occasions this year.
2019 has proved to be a busy and exciting year for William. He has toured with ANAM to Perth in collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and performed the Schubert Octet with Israeli violinist and concertmaster Gregory Ahss (Camerata Salzburg) at ANAM and at the UKARIA Cultural Centre. This year William has also led projects as concertmaster of the ANAM Orchestra including Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony conducted by Nicholas Carter, Bach’s B minor Mass conducted by Benjamin Bayl in collaboration with VOCES8 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto with Principal Horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Ben Jacks.
To finish out 2019 the PSQ will be performing three concerts at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival in October. William will also be performing in an upcoming ANAM Soundbite in November where ANAM musicians conducted by Fabian Russell will perform Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale.
William plays on a 2016 Yanbing Chen Violin.
Find out more about William and the Partridge String Quartet at partridgestringquartet.com
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by the Simon Lee Foundation
Photo by Pia Johnson