Patrick Murphy is currently Cello Performance Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Music. Prior to this appointment he was Lecturer in Cello at the University of Tasmania, Hobart Conservatorium. He has also taught cello and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and worked regularly with the Sydney Symphony. Patrick started learning the cello with Rosemary Iversen in Perth.
He completed his Bachelor degree studying with Gregory Baron and Michael Goldschlager before spending several years with the Halcyon String Quartet. Their studies took them to the UK and Canada where they were resident artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Patrick then completed a Masters Degree studying with Alexander Ivashkin and Natalia Pavlutskaya.
Patrick has an extensive background in chamber music performance, and was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet (now Australian String Quartet) whose international career was launched after winning first prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan 2002. They went on to be prize winners in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003) and soon after were invited to play at the reception of the wedding of Danish Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen. In recent years, Patrick has taught in the Young Symphonists program of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and in China at the 2011 Tutti World Youth Music Beijing.
He also performed in the inaugural Australian World Orchestra season in Sydney, and performed chamber music at the Brisbane, Bangalow and Tyalgum Festivals.