Sydney-born violist Chris Cartlidge studied on a full scholarship at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music, and was the recipient of several awards including the UTas Director’s Prize, and the UTas Dean’s Roll of Excellence. His main teachers were Josephine St Leon and Roger Benedict. Chris began playing the violin at the age of seven, and the viola at the age of fourteen whilst a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School.
In 2010, he was appointed Principal Viola of the Australian Youth Orchestra for their European Tour. Also in that year, he was one of five musicians selected for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists’ Program.
Chris has been a full time member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2011, where he has also appeared on numerous occasions as Principal Viola. He has appeared as Guest Principal with Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Guest Associate Principal with both Victorian Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has also worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and is regularly invited to perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Chris is in great demand as a chamber musician, having given concerts alongside Garrick Ohlsson, Kolja Blacher and Sarah Chang, and performs chamber music regularly in major Melbourne concert venues, and throughout Australia.