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 majoring 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 from 2017-2019, 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. His favourite repertoire to study and perform are any of Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets.
Murray is greatly looking forward to training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2021 under the guidance of Caroline Henbest.
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