Who is William Thomas Huxtable? He is many things: cavoodle owner, youngest of five and a diehard Western Bulldogs supporter. They say he once fainted singing a Christmas carol. One fact can be known for certain – he's kind of into music. Whether he was rocking out to The Beatles on the way to Cathedral Choir back in Perth, practising violin every morning before school, or rehearsing with his barbershop ensemble The Sharp Tools, music has always been a part of his life.
William began the violin at age three, and since then he has learnt from teachers such as Amanda Dryborough, Jasmine Trebse and Paul Wright. Looking back over the earlier years, he certainly does not take MTS (Mother's Taxi Service) for granted. 2019 is his final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and he is currently training under Dr Robin Wilson.
Throughout his time at ANAM, William has performed for concertmasters Noah-Bendix Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic) and Roman Simovic (London Symphony Orchestra), international violin soloists Henning Kraggerud, Simone Lamsma, Alina Ibragimova and Tasmin Little, performed chamber music with Berlin Philharmonic musicians Matthew McDonald and Stefan Dohr, and world-renowned pianists Imogen Cooper and Roy Howat. He has also participated in a side-by-side project with the Australian World Orchestra and a tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). This year, William will tour with the ACO as a 2019 Emerging Artist.
William is a founding member of the Partridge String Quartet formed in 2017. In 2018 the Partridge String Quartet reached the final round and were the overall winners of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet also participated in the ‘Evolution of the String Quartet’ program in Banff, Canada in July 2018.
Musician Beneficiary Support provided by the Simon Lee Foundation
Photo by Pia Johnson