James Morley has just completed studies at the Conservatorium in Sydney under scholarship with Julian Smiles. Since 2010, James has been involved with the Australian Youth Orchestras, and has been principle cello on many programs. James was also involved with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra for many years, and has performed a concerto with the orchestra. James' many solo engagements include playing in the Adelaide International Cello Festivals and has been broadcast on Fine Music FM. James also was a semi finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand in 2016. In 2018 James was a finalist in the Conservatorium Concerto Competition and performed a concerto with Sydney Youth Orchestras.
With a strong interest in chamber music, James is cellist of the Butcherbird Quartet, who have been active in the Sydney chamber music scene, including involvement in the Opus Now concert series and participation in schools and festivals in The Netherlands, Finland, and past chamber experiences have also allowed James to travel to Italy to perform and study. James is also a core member of Continuo Continuum, an early music ensemble based in Adelaide which specialises in discovering and adapting early music works.
James has been fortunate to receive chamber music tutelage from renowned international quartets and chamber musicians, and has played solo in masterclasses and lessons with many performing cellists and pedagogues, and has performed all around Europe, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.
In 2019 James will commence studies under Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music, and will be the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist for cello in 2019.
As a teacher, James has taught multiple instruments and ensembles. As well as tutoring privately and at many of Sydney’s public schools, he has also been a tutor for Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Arts Unit.