Dale Barltrop hails from Brisbane, where he began his lifelong pursuit of music. It has since taken him across the globe. As First Violinist of the Australian String Quartet, he now devotes his life to performing and advocating music throughout his homeland.
A product of the Queensland Instrumental Music Program in state schools, Dale made his solo debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen and was concertmaster of both the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras. Having studied with Marcia Cox and Elizabeth Morgan in Brisbane, he then moved to the USA to attend the University of Maryland as a student of Gerald Fischbach and the Guarneri Quartet.
He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under William Preucil. Dale served as Principal Second Violin of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years before becoming concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2016.
He is currently one of the concertmasters of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Other key roles have included concertmaster of the Australian World Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and guest director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata of St John’s Chamber Orchestra. Dale has performed at numerous North American music festivals including Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards, Festival Mozaic, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall and Tanglewood. He was grand prizewinner at the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Dale has taught for the Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian National Academy of Music and served on the faculties of the VSO School of Music, Vancouver Academy of Music, University of British Columbia and National Orchestral Institute in Maryland.
For Dale Barltrop, “It is a dream come true to be able to take this miraculous medium we call the string quartet into communities across Australia. It is both a mission and an obsession.”