Australian cellist James Morley and the Fibonacci Quartet have joined the organisation’s roster


James Morley and the Fibonacci Quartet

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The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has announced its 2024 Artists, following semi-final and final rounds in London in the past months. The musicians that will join the organisation’s roster are: Australian cellist James Morley, the UK-based Fibonacci Quartet and British pianist Amiri Harewood. 

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, James Morley is now based in Basel, Switzerland, studying a master’s of contemporary music at the Basel Academy of Music, with guidance from Thomas Demenga. Recent career highlights include debut recitals at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, UKARIA, Phoenix Central Park and a Musica Viva Australian tour with Jean-Guihen Queyras. He has premiered various works across the world by composers including Thomas Adès, Liza Lim and Bernhard Lang. Morley was an academist with Kammerorchester Basel and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Apex Sydney. He was also a finalist of the 2020 Freedman Fellowship. 

The UK-based Fibonacci Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The ensemble comprises violinists Kryštof Kohout and Luna de Mol, violist Elliot Kempton and cellist Findlay Spence. It is the resident ensemble at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid with Günter Pichler and at the Dutch String Quartet Academy with Marc Danel. It also performs frequently in association with ProQuartet in Paris. The quartet has received first prizes at the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition, Cavatina Chamber Music Competition and International Triomphe de l’Art Competition. It is supported by the Escuela Reina Sofia, the Hattori Foundation, Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre (Paris) and Talent Unlimited. 

As YCAT Artists, Morley and the quartet will receive performance opportunities in the UK and internationally, including recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Berlin Konzerthaus. Career planning and mentoring is also included, which entails professional publicty materials and digital support and advice. As part of YCAT’s roster they will join a host of other up-and-coming artists, and benefit from the organisation’s widespread recognition. 

The 2024 panel included Angela Dixon, chief executive of Saffron Hall; Caro Barnfield, music programme director at Britten Pears Arts, James Murphy, chief executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society, Rachel van-Walsum, director and co-founder of Maestro Arts, Stephen McHolm, director of the Verbier Academy; Tanya Bannister, president of Concert Artists Guild, NY; and Alasdair Tait, chief executive and artistic director of YCAT.

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