Victoria Simonsen CELLO

Since graduating from the RNCM with the 2006 Gold Medal, Victoria has developed a varied career performing in the UK and abroad.

Selected as a Park Lane Group 'Young Artist' and Countess of Munster's Recital Scheme Soloist, accolades include winning the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition, Johann-Andreas-Stein-Wettbewerb, NZ Young Musician of the Year, the prestigious Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and an ESU Scholarship to Banff Canada. A passionate chamber musician, Victoria is regularly invited to the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and for six years she was a member of the Barbirolli Quartet, with whom concerts included Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St David's Hall Cardiff, Manchester Bridgewater Hall and selection for the European Concert Hall Organisation 'Rising Stars' Series.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Victoria moved to the UK in 2002 for postgraduate studies at the RNCM, gaining distinctions in both composition and performance. Victoria studied primarily with Ralph Kirshbaum and Karine Georgian and was Principal Cellist with Opera North (2005-07) before moving to London, where she has held a job-share position with the Philharmonia since 2008 in addition to her chamber music and solo work. Recently she continued her studies with Prof. Julius Berger at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg, Germany, and she has played in master classes for cellists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Luis Claret and Jens Peter Maintz. Victoria is exceptionally grateful to Miss Knapton, Mrs Cavill and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for enabling her to purchase her cello.