2018 AWO Academy Player – Australian National Academy of Music



Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, 2015

Graduate Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Queensland, 2016

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), viola, current



Minor Award in the Ena Williams Postgraduate Award, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

First places in the Jani Hanki Award and the 4MBS chamber music prizes with the Aditaya String Quartet.



Molly Collier-O’Boyle is a violinist and violist originally hailing from sunny Queensland. Molly completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance in classical violin under the tutelage of Michele Walsh in 2015 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and in 2016 completed her Graduate Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Queensland with Adam Chalabi. This is her second year studying viola at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.

Highlights in Molly’s musical journey thus far include touring internationally with the Queensland Youth Symphony, touring as Concertmaster to China with the Australian International Opera Company, being Principal Second Violin at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, an advanced performance participant at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, a young artist at the Canberra International Music Festival and curating Brisbane’s successful arts event series Paint it Red. 

In 2017 Molly was Principal Viola of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Porter Chamber Orchestra at National Music Camp, Momentum Ensemble and was a recipient of an Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund. She also participated in the AYO Chamber Players and the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowships. Molly premiered Nabunum’s Water by Melody Eötvös for chamber orchestra, mixed media and video and Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonata for Viola and Piano Leaving Earth. She freelances professionally on violin and viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra (emerging artist), and also works as a violist with the Adelaide Symphony and Opera Australia Orchestra.

“Playing alongside the Australian World Orchestra was an absolute dream come true. The amazing unity and power of the sound created within this ensemble was something I had not witnessed before, and to be a part of that sound was incredible. I learnt so much from playing alongside Australia’s finest musicians and it is an experience I will never forget.”

Molly joins the Australian World Orchestra as our 2018 Academy Player for a fully immersive touring orchestra experience – an invaluable opportunity for emerging musicians.