Victoria Simonsen CELLO

Victoria grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and her early love of music was encouraged by her concert-pianist mother. She now enjoys a varied musical life that incorporates solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts as well as teaching.

A passionate chamber musician, Victoria has performed at festivals such as the IMS Prussia Cove, Manchester International, Kronberg Germany, Banff Canada, Chamber Music NZ and for six years she enjoyed notable success in the Barbirolli String Quartet. Victoria joined the Rautio Piano Trio in 2015 and their first CD together is due for release in 2017 on the Resonus Classics label. Victoria’s performances have been broadcast on radio in UK, Germany and NZ and concerts have included Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room London. She has been described by The Strad as ‘a musician of rare quality’ and ‘utterly compelling’ by The Observer. A highlight of 2016 was performing in the BBC Proms Chamber Music series at Cadogan Hall.

Victoria arrived in the UK in 2002 to study cello with Ralph Kirshbaum and Karine Georgian and composition with Anthony Gilbert at the RNCM, culminating with winning the 2006 Gold Medal. She later continued her studies as a string quartet fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and with Julius Berger at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg in Germany.

Victoria 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. She was a young student when she first saw the Philharmonia Orchestra perform live, on their tour to Auckland in 2000.

Since 2015, Victoria has been a member of the cello faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is exceptionally grateful to Miss Knapton, Mrs Cavill and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for enabling her to purchase her cello.