Patrick Murphy is Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland. In 2017, he was appointed cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet, whose recent releases of the quartets of Mendelssohn, Debussy and Ravel have been met with critical acclaim. 

Patrick’s career in the performance of chamber music is extensive. Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet who took first prize in the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001). The Tankstream also won the audience prize and third place in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003).

Further study in quartet performance with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet) preceded an invitation from the Australian Government to play at the reception of the Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen. Patrick went on to cofound the Whitely trio (now Nexus Piano Quartet) and joined the Grainger Quartet and later, the Southern Cross Soloists.

Recent concerto performances have included appearances with the Camerata, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney), and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick’s teaching includes direction of the String Chamber Music Academy at Sound Thinking Australia’s Summer School Music Program in Brisbane and the UQ Winter School for Chamber Music.

Patrick has performed extensively with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has premiered new works for solo cello by Australian composers Paul Dean and James Ledger. With colleagues of the UQ School of Music Adam Chalabi and Liam Viney, a new CD of the chamber music of Paul Stanhope has just been released on ABC Classics, and the second of Tinalley’s recordings of the Mendelssohn Quartets is due out in 2020.

Featured projects Duration
White Halo Ensemble
School Ensemble
Translational Research in Creative Practice
Research Grant
Creative Collaboratorium
Research Grant

Areas of research