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.
Harry has been invited to perform alongside leading musicians, including the Australian String Quartet, Queensland and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. As a result of his diligence, Harry was awarded a Distinction for his Bachelor of Music, and won the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize. He commences at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2021 under the guidance of Caroline Henbest.
Harry has loved sharing his passion for teaching in Brisbane under the pedagogue 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 America 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.
Photo by Pia Johnson