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James Morley

General Details

James Morley, 19, has been learning cello for 11 years, and has studied with Hilary Kleinig (Zephyr Quartet), Janis Laurs, Rachel Johnston, and currently Julian Smiles.

James is very interested in the pedagogical aspects of cello, and therefore would like to broaden his teaching, and is very enthusiastic to take on keen students.


He was a student at Marryatville High School in Adelaide as part of the Special Interest Music program, and currently studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship.

From 2005 until 2013, James was involved in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AdYO) programs, and has often played as principle cellist of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra under Keith Crellin. He played the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in 2012 with the orchestra, and in 2013 was the cellist of the AdYO Quartet, under tutelage of members of the Australian String Quartet. James has won multiple awards in the Adelaide Eisteddfods, and in 2012 he won the Metropolitan Male Choir’s Instrumental Scholarship. In 2009, 2011 and 2014 James was invited to play as a soloist in the Adelaide International Cello Festival. James has also played with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. In 2015 James proceeded to the final rounds of both the 2016 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist program and 2016 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship auditions. James was a Recitalist as part of the National Youth Concerto Competition in October of 2014, playing several recitals around Brisbane. James has proceeded to the semi-final round of the Fine Music 2016 Young Virtuoso Award.

James has been involved in the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO)’s programs since 2010, participating in the Young Symphonists program five times (principle cello in ‘13 and ’14), the National Music Camp program four times (principle cello of Hopkins Chamber Orchestra ’14), and four seasons with the Australian Youth Orchestra, including the 2013 International Tour to Europe. In 2016 James will be taking part in his second International Tour with the orchestra.

James has had Master classes and lessons with cellists Li-Wei Qin, Michael Haber, Howard Penny, Meta Weiss, Richard Narroway, and Umberto Clerici, and has worked with many international artists.

These details were last updated on December 11, 2015