Australian violist Christopher Cartlidge has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2011 and in 2019 was appointed Associate Principal Viola. He regularly appears as a guest in orchestras across Australia and New Zealand, and has recently become the newest member of the Australian String Quartet.

Christopher is a proud founding member of the Melbourne Ensemble. In 2015 he was a grand-finalist and multiple prizewinner in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and has appeared as soloist with both the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He studied on a full scholarship at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and was the recipient of several awards including the UTas Director’s Prize, and the UTas Dean’s Roll of Excellence. Christopher enjoys teaching, cooking, gardening and adventures with his dopey dog Dobby.

Christoper plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin, Italy, on loan through UKARIA.

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