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Festival Artists

Cello

Blair Harris

Blair Harris

Blair Harris is supported by Annie Hawker and an anonymous donor

Blair is a highly regarded solo cellist and chamber musician.  He is a member of Southern Cross Soloists and Ensemble Offspring making his chamber music profile diverse with a national reach. Blair also holds a position at the Faculty of Music, Monash University as a lecturer in cello Performance.

Blair is passionate about the creation and performance of new music. His work with Ensemble Offspring, and formerly Syzygy Ensemble, has seen the commission and performance of more than 60 new works by Australian composers.

Blair is in no way defined by this genre and takes pleasure interpreting the works of all epochs, especially with his acclaimed duo partner, pianist Caroline Almonte.

Over his career he has worked with numerous ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, Streeton Trio and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Blair has held guest principal positions in both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Blair performs on a fine cello crafted by V.Gagliano, Naples, 1859.