About The Tinalley String Quartet


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Internationally acclaimed for its ‘addictive sound’, ‘intuitive’ music making and ‘technical virtuosity’, the Tinalley String Quartet (TSQ) has established itself as one of Australia’s finest string quartets and most awarded classical music exports.

Formed in 2003, the Tinalley String Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize of the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, and captured the world’s attention in 2007 when it was awarded First Prize at the prestigious 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and United States, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bremen Die Glocke, Frankfurt AlteOper and the Sydney Opera House. International highlights have included performances in New York, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego. The Quartet remains the only Australian ensemble to have been presented in the preeminent Berlin Konzerthaus International String Quartet Series and the Jeunesse Musik Erleben Series at the Musikverein.

In Australia, the Quartet has appeared at the nation’s premier festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, the Huntington Festival, the Port Fairy Festival and the Coriole Festival.

In addition to performing the great masterpieces of the quartet repertory, the Quartet has a passion for collaborating with artists outside of the classical sphere. Such projects have included appearances at the Perth International Arts Festival with UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and ‘Beethoven’s Letters’, a musical narrative that interweaves the quartets of Beethoven with his own writings, with acclaimed Australian actors John Bell and John Stanton. In 2018, the Quartet has commissioned the reimagining of the orchestral song cycle ‘Compassion’ by Nigel Westlake and singer/songwriter Lior for chamber septet and voice which premiered at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.

In 2018 the Quartet  began a new collaboration with the University of Queensland as quartet-in-residence. The Quartet also released its first recording with the DECCA label of the Ravel and Debussy String Quartets, in honour of the centenary of Debussy’s death. 

The Tinalley String Quartet is named after the laneway that runs through The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus where the Quartet formed.

The Quartet is honoured by the Vice Regal Patronage of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales.




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Adam Chalabi,  Violin

Adam Chalabi holds the position of Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Queensland. He is first violinist of the internationally renowned Tinalley String Quartet, violinist of White Halo Ensemble and held the position of Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria from 2009-2014.

He has appeared as guest concertmaster with numerous orchestras within Australia and overseas including the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He previously held the position of Head of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Between 2002-2009 Adam was Principal Violin with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

Born in London, Adam began his violin studies at the age of four with the Suzuki Method and attended the Purcell School and Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski. He is very grateful to have been supported by the Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming and Lawrence Atwell Charitable foundations.

Adam plays on a Joseph Panormo violin circa 1805.





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Lerinda Delbridge, Violin

A founding member of the Tinalley String Quartet, Lerida began learning the violin at the age of three and at fifteen, began her undergraduate studies with William Hennessy as part of the Melbourne University Program for High Achieving Students. In 2014 Lerida was appointed to the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Lerida first toured Europe aged nine with the Junior Strings of Melbourne.  Subsequent tours with the Tinalley String Quartet, Young Piano Trio of Melbourne, Australian Youth Orchestra, Camerata Australia and Geminiani Orchestra have taken her to the world’s premier halls and festivals, including the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Frankfurt AlteOper, Sydney Opera House and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Lerida has appeared as a guest Principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.  Lerida has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and appeared as Associate Concertmaster in the 2015 Season of the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Lerida completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Melbourne in 2003, and has pursued solo study at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland and the International Holland Music Sessions.

Originally from Kangaroo Ground, a small rural community outside of Melbourne, Lerida now lives in Sydney with her husband, violist Justin Williams. Lerida plays on a beautiful 1793 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin.





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Justin Williams, Viola

 Justin Williams holds the position of Assistant Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is the founding violist of the Tinalley String Quartet.   Justin has performed as Principal Viola with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO), Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Australia ProArte and as soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and AOBO.

From 2009 to 2012 Justin was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a core player of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.  A member of the Australian World Orchestra, Justin has performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Maestro Zubin Mehta.

A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Justin holds a Master of Music Performance degree attained under the tutelage of William Hennessy, Caroline Henbest and Brett Dean.  As a member of TSQ has had the privilege of studying with many of the world’s pre-eminent chamber musicians, including members of the original Australian String Quartet; as well as the St Lawrence; Tokyo; Emerson; Schoenberg; Keller; and Takacs quartets.

With Tinalley String Quartet, Justin won the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and the 9thBanff International String Quartet Competition.  has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe and North America, and has enjoyed performing in some of the world’s renowned concert halls, including Vienna’s Musikverein; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus; the Alte Oper in Frankfurt; Musee d’Orsay, Paris; Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Justin teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium and has taught at Monash University; Australian National Academy of Music; AYO’s National Music Camp; University of Queensland; and at the Auckland String Quartet Summer School.

Justin plays on an early 18th Century viola formerly owned by good friend and mentor, Henk Guittart. 



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Patrick Murphy, 'Cello

Recently appointed cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet, Patrick’s career combines a love of cello, chamber music and teaching.

Patrick has a distinguished history in chamber music performance. He 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 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.

Patrick is Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland and a member of White Halo, UQ’s Ensemble in Residence. He is the Director of the String Chamber Music Academy at Sound Thinking Australia’s Summer School Music Program in Brisbane.

Patrick lives in Brisbane on a steep tree-covered block with his wife, some freeloading possums and a lovely magpie family.