MusiciansMurray Kearney

Murray Kearney began playing the viola at the age of eight in his hometown of Sydney, and was initially drawn to the viola over other string instruments for its lesser popularity and rich sound. At the end of high school, he made the move to Brisbane to study under Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2020.

Murray is particularly enthusiastic about chamber and orchestral music. He was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s flagship ensemble in 2017-19, culminating in the International Tour to Europe and China in 2019. Murray has a strong affinity for the string quartet genre, having travelled and performed in Townsville, Stradbroke Island and Montreal, Canada with his Queensland Conservatorium-formed quartet throughout his undergraduate years. Additionally, they have received masterclasses and coaching from names such as Peter Wiley, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Watkins, Dene Olding and Umberto Clerici.

Some highlights of Murray’s musical journey so far include multiple performances with Ensemble Q as part of their mentorship program, and performing Mendelssohn’s Octet alongside Peter Wiley and Andrew Wan at the Musical Chairs Festival in Montreal. He is particularly fascinated by the sixteen string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the string quartet genre moreover.

Murray is greatly looking forward to commencing his second year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022 under the guidance of Caroline Henbest.

FROM: Sydney, NSW. Lands of the Gadigal people.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Rod Hunt and Michael Sharpe, Neil and June Jens, Mark Debeljak and Daniel Lehrer

Photo by Pia Johnson

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