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Emma-Jane Murphy

Highly regarded as one of the leading cellist’s of her generation, Emma-Jane Murphy began studying the cello at the age of four at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Seven years later she won a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London.

After being awarded numerous scholarships and bursaries for further study, Emma-Jane remained in London to study at the Royal College of Music where she received her Diploma in Performance and Teaching with First Class Honours. During her studies Emma-Jane continued to win many competitions including the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student at the Royal College of Music.

Emma-Jane has performed and broadcast extensively throughout Europe as soloist and chamber musician, performing to great acclaim with conductors and ensembles including Richard Hickox, Thierry Fischer, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky , Berlin Symphoniker, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Northern Sinfonia, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and most recently, the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

After three years as Principal Cello of Northern Sinfonia Orchestra of England, Emma-Jane travelled to Australia where she was invited to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra as Principal Cello. Whilst with the ACO, her appearances with the Orchestra as a soloist were extensive and include the premiere recording of Peter Sculthorpe’s Cello Dreaming for Chandos;. Emma-Jane is also the featured cellist on the soundtrack of Peter Weir’s film ‘Master and Commander-the Far Side of the World’.

As a chamber musician, Emma-Jane Murphy has always been in high demand, and in 2006, she resigned her position as Principal cellist of the ACO and became the cellist of the piano trio, TRIOZ, with Kathryn Selby and Niki Vasilakis. In 2008, TRIOZ will become the first ensemble to be invited by the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, as their Ensemble-in-Residence.

Emma-Jane is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician and in 2007 was invited by the Australian Ballet Company to collaborate with world renowned Australian choreographer, Stephen Baynes, on his new ballet, ‘Constant Variants’ set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’. The same year saw Emma-Jane performing as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra as part of the ABC Classic 100 Gala Concert. As a chamber musician, she was invited to perform at the Autumn Chamber Music Festival in Bowral and at the Townsville Chamber Music Festival, as well as joining the Utzon Ensemble and the Sonic Arts Ensemble. Emma-Jane also joined the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Tasmanian Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Guest Principal ‘Cello. In the same year, Emma-Jane was invited to join the tutoring staff at the National Music Camp in Canberra.

In 2008 events included the Schumann ‘Cello Concerto with Orchestra Victoria, performing at the Four Winds Festival, the Autumn Chamber Music Festival in Bowral. Emma-Jane was also invited to perform with the Australian String Quartet at their festival in Dunkeld, with the Australian Ensemble, the Sydney Song Company and once again, join the Australian Ballet Company to perform ‘A Suite of Dances’ by choreographer, Jerome Robbins, set to excerpts of Bachs Suites for Solo ‘Cello.

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