Glen Donnelly

Born on the Central Coast of Australia in 1987, Glen Donnelly is emerging as one of the most exciting performers and composers of his generation. He currently studies viola and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Glen is also a young musical entrepreneur, and since 2007 has served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Australian String Academy where he has designed programs and events in a volunteer artistic role, as well as helping to bring some of the world's foremost string personalities to Australia for the first time. In 2008 he co?]founded with Charmian Gadd the Crossroads Festival, an annual chamber music festival on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. For more information visit

Glen started the violin at age eight and the viola at age fourteen. He obtained both the AMusA and LMusA Australian AMEB diplomas in violin with distinction result by age 16, and the rare AMusA in Musicianship at the age of 15 (the youngest to receive the award in AMEB history). Throughout high school Glen studied and had master classes with many international artists across the globe, including Robert Masters (UK), Roberto Diaz (USA), Uzi Wiesel (Israel), Charles Avsharian (USA), Roger Benedict (UK), and Owen Carman (USA).

At age eighteen Glen focused on the viola and won several subsequent awards and prizes including an Australian Music Foundation Award, Big Brother Foundation Music Award, and grants from the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and the Australia Council for the Arts. He currently studies viola with Paul Silverthorne, Principal Viola London Symphony Orchestra, and competes in competitions at the international level.

Glen has performed as soloist at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Australian High Commission in London, Wigmore Hall, and across Europe including Poland, Slovakia and Spain. He has appeared with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra and Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated in chamber music with many leading Australian artists. As both recitalist and chamber musician he has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Australia and the UK.

Appearances in the media in both live and recorded broadcasts of interviews and performances have included ABC and NBN Television in Australia, BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM, 2MBS-FM, and ABC local radio.

Glen's composing started at the age of 10, upon developing perfect pitch. At age fourteen he was one of seven students specially selected to participate in the Sydney Symphony 'Composer Dialogue' program with Richard Gill. In 2007 he was a finalist in the Australian Guild of Screen Composers Johnny Dennis Music Awards. Alongside performance he has studied composition with Gary Carpenter and Ruth Byrchmore at the Royal Academy of Music.

Glen takes an interest in contemporary music performance, and has performed with the Pleiades Ensemble, Manson Ensemble, alongside the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and in venues such Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Glen plays a 1775 Masciole viola of the Milanese school, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

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