Harrison (Harry) Swainston is an enthusiastic and approachable violist who has recently graduated a Bachelor of Performance at the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, having being guided by competition-winning performer and pedagogue, Michele Walsh. He is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with renowned violist Caroline Henbest.
Harry has been invited to perform alongside leading musicians, including the Australian String Quartet, Queensland and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. As a result of his diligence, Harry was awarded a Distinction for his Bachelor of Music, and won the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize.
Harry has loved sharing his passion for teaching in Brisbane under the pedagogical guidance of Andrea Messenger OAM. Having led the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Harry has played with groups such as Ensemble Q, Dots and Loops, Lisa Gasteen National Opera, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has also travelled and performed in New Zealand, Japan, Europe and most notably the US for the Aspen Music Festival. Harry has been additionally mentored by James Dunham, Choong-Jin Chang, the Borodin and Jerusalem string quartets and others.
Harry is excited to explore the management side of the music industry in Australia and looks forward to meeting new musicians and creatives. Outside of music, Harry enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and anything to do with cats.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Victor Goldsztein and Chris Perks, Adrian Robb and Ben Keith, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Maryann Shepherd, Jan Grant, Anonymous
Photo by Pia Johnson