james morley

I respectfully acknowledge the land of the First Nations people of so-called Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.

cellist / improviser / etc.
basel, switzerland   .   australia

enquiries? email me:
            << jamesmorleyxmusic@gmail.com >>

       calendar, tickets + info for all my upcoming engagements ︎

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︎ press;

2022 ~
Resonance: Chamber Landscapes (UKARIA/Adelaide Festival) - featured, Limelight

2021 ~

The ANAM Set - featured, ANAM (Liza Lim collaboration)
ANAM announces an audacious commissioning project - featured, Limelight (Liza Lim collaboration) He felt he was falling out of love with music - a composer saved him - feautured, The Age (Liza Lim collaboration)

2020 ~
2020 Freedman Classical Fellowship finalists announced - featured, Limelight Peninsula Summer Music Festival -- mood-perfect music on the peninsula - featured, Sydney Morning Herald

2019 ~
Nico Muhly and the New (ACO Collective) - featured, Limelight
Medium (Ensemble Apex) - featured, Limelight
Mozart, Haydn, and More (ACO Collective) - Limelight
Emerging Artists 2019 - featured, ACO  ABC National radio; The Conversation Hour 19/11/19 - featured, ABC

2018 ~
The Miraculous Mandarin (Ensemble Apex) - featured, Limelight

︎ media;

for regular uploads, previous concerto performances, recital footage, check out my youtube channel to keep in the loop with my work at the Australian National Academy of Music, check out my ANAM page

premiere footage + recordings;

stefan prins/yaron deutsch ~ ministry of bad decisions; i think i will 2016-2022
bernhard lang; 3-4-3 2019
liza lim; cello playing ~ as meteorology
johannes macdonald; going up 2018

lewis mosley; liebestück 2018 (backdrop video source)
josephine macken; canticum novum 2017
kirsten milenko; orbis 2015

︎ cv;
click here for a list of performed contemporary + 20th century repertoire


Australian Chamber Orchestra
Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective (emerging artist)
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Adelaide Art Orchestra
Australian Youth Orchestra (principle cello)

Ensemble Apex (principle cello, soloist)

Momentum Ensemble (principle cello)

Butcherbird Quartet (founder)

Rathdowne Quartet (founder)

Continuo Continuum (founder)


- Sergei Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante Op. 125

with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, under Johannes Fritzsch

- Giovanni Sollima: Violoncelles Vibrez!

with Ensemble Apex, under Sam Weller
- Friedrich Gulda: Cello Concerto
with Sydney Youth Orchestra, under Sam Weller

- Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto, Op. 33

with Adelaide Youth Orchestra, under David Sharp


Liza Lim: Cello Playing ~ As Meteorology (solo, 2021)

Josephine Macken: new work (solo, completion 2021)

Johannes MacDonald: new work (solo, completion 2021)

Johannes MacDonald: Going Up (solo + live electronics, 2018)

Lewis Moseley: Liebestück (solo + electronics, 2018)

Nicholas Vines: Sync_for_Me(1) (orchestra, 2018)

Jeremy Rose: Liminality (chamber ensemble, 2016)

Josephine Macken: Canticum Novum (chamber ensemble, 2016)

Kirsten Milenko: Orbis (solo + electronics, 2015)

Solomon Frank: Concerto Grosso (triple concerto + accompaniment, 2015)


Hilary Kleinig - Adelaide

Janis Laurs - Adelaide

Rachel Johnston - Adelaide
Julian Smiles - Sydney Conservatorium of Music [Bachelor of Music (Performance)], Sydney

Howard Penny - Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Melbourne

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland (Butcherbird Quartet) 2018

Utrecht University Chamber Summer School 2018, Netherlands

Estivo Chamber Music Summer School, Italy

Australian Youth Orchestra International Tours 2013 + 2016, Europe/Asia/Australia

Lucerne Festival Orchestra Academy 2020, Switzerland (postponed 2021)

awards + merits


- Freedman Fellowship - finalist

- ANAM Most Outstanding Recital Prize


- ANAM Concerto Competition Final - Audience Prize

- ANAM St Silas Outstanding First-Year Prize

- ANAM Lorne Ann Cole Ensemble Prize

- Australian Chamber Orchestra - Emerging Artist

- Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Award for Excellence in Cello

- Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Concerto Competition Final

- Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Oleg Kogan Prize


- Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Dean’s List of Academic Excellence


- Gisborne International Music Competition - semifinalist

- Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Patricia Lucas Memorial Scholarship
- Fine Music Award - semifinalist

contact // email // instagram