MusiciansElliott Plumpton

Elliott is a passionate and skilled young musician, active as a performer and instrumentalist. He is excited about promoting engaging, heartfelt, and innovative performance of diverse music.

Experiences with music from an early age shaped a conviction that performing would be an important part of Elliott’s life. Born in New Zealand, he was learning the piano by four years of age, and the violin at six. Two years later (with a globe-trekking family) he was the youngest person at the time to successfully audition for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and by age thirteen had attained his DipABRSM in piano in Brisbane. More recently, Elliott received a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to study violin at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, guided by pedagogue Elizabeth Morgan AM. He graduated in 2017 with First Class Honours and the Maurice Mears Memorial Prize, and also received the prestigious University Medal in recognition of outstanding achievement for performing and academia during this degree.

Along the way, a collection of other life experiences and interests has complemented this – travel, sport, graphic design, and creative writing. He was Vice-Captain and Valedictorian of his secondary school, Academic Dux of his year on multiple occasions, and graduated at the age of 16 in the top 2% of Queensland’s high school graduates in academic achievement.

During his three years of performance training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Dr Robin Wilson, Elliott has developed his craft and expanded his understanding of music. His concurrent Masters research project on Brahms' violin sonatas (through ANAM and Griffith University, commenced in 2019) examines the radically different performance style of the 19th-century, and what this might mean for modern musicians today. After spending most of 2020 interstate, Elliott is looking forward to being back in Melbourne for a seventh semester at ANAM — a valuable opportunity to continue developing skills of effective musical communication in performance contexts.

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMprimo - Philip Bacon AM

Elliott plays an A. E. Smith violin, jointly owned by and on loan to ANAM from Janet Holmes à Court AC and ANAM Alumna Christina Katsimbardis. It is being progressively purchased for ANAM with the support to date of Gilbert George, George Georgiou, Peter Ingram, Maria Kailis and an anonymous donor. We welcome contributions towards the purchase of this important instrument.

Photo and video by Pia Johnson

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