A brief history…

Anita portrait w cello b&w

Anita Quayle is a contemporary cellist and composer with 25 years of experience in the music industry. Starting her musical training at the Victorian College of the Arts, Anita soon realised that playing classical standard repertoire wasn’t exactly what she wanted to do. This sparked the beginning of an  interesting journey into the world of contemporary music and improvisation, a journey that never gets old, and is always full of challenging and rewarding experiences and amazing people!

She has a BA in Contemporary Music and has performed and collaborated with a vast array of artists for recordings, TV and live performance – from singers/songwriters (Eddie Perfect, Thando, Shauntai Batzke, Russell Morris, Ainslie Wills, Nat Bartsch), to dancers (Alya Manzart- Chunky Move), theatre makers (Adam Cass) and beyond.

In 2018 she embarked on an on-going project with contemporary violinist Xani Kolac, called Melbourne Amplified Strings. This duo project aims to push the boundaries of contemporary string playing with the use of electronic effects and live looping.

In 2019 Monash University commissioned Anita to compose and record music to represent MLIVE, their annual arts and music program (directed by Paul Grabowsky).

In March 2020, she, along with partner Nick Delaney, embarked on a new mood-based project called ‘Beyond the Lake’. Due to Covid-19, they initiated a regular live stream event, ‘Music for Sleep’, in an effort to help people deal with stress and anxiety. They’ve since released 2 live albums and are currently working on their first studio album.

In June 2020, Anita released her first studio concept album, Wanderlust. Inspired by a 3 month solo trek, the compositions feature field-based recordings as the backdrop to a landscape of electronic strings and effects.

Anita is a collaborator with ‘The Knowing Project’, directed by Grammy Award winner Lamine Sonko, and SPIRE Ensemble, directed by Xani Kolac, supporting female instrumentalists in our music scene.