Harrison (Harry) Swainston is an ardent lover of the arts, with a deep passion for opera, orchestra, chamber music, new music, and of course, coffee. He graduated with distinction from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and is currently finishing his third and final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Caroline Henbest.
Harry has had the privilege attending music festivals and recitals both in Australia and overseas. As a soloist and as a key member of the Artamidae String Quartet, he has joined the Aspen Music Festival, Adam Summer Music Festival, Bendigo Music Festival, Mornington Peninsula Music Festival, Twilight Classics Festival, Brisbane Music Festival, and many more. Notably, Artamidae recently joined forces with the Australian String Quartet for the 'Project Ludwig' tour.
In addition to his chamber music performances, Harry has collaborated on new compositions with esteemed composers such as Richard Mills, Paul Dean, and Melody Eötvös.
He has also had the opportunity to work with orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of his time at ANAM include touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, performing alongside renowned musicians like Lawrence Power, and collaborating with esteemed quartets such as the Marmen, Affinity, and the Australian String Quartet in Quartethaus.
FROM: Sunshine Coast, QLD. Lands of the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara peoples.
Harry’s training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Adrian Robb and Ben Keith, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Maryann Shepherd, Jan Grant, Andrew Blanckensee, Anonymous
Photo by Pia Johnson