Victoria Simonsen has held a job-share position with the Philharmonia since 2008. Victoria regularly performs recitals and concertos throughout the UK and in 2009 is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and a Solo Artist on the Countess of Munster's Recital Scheme. Her accolades include winning the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition, the New Zealand Young Musician of the Year, the Countess of Munster's Star Award, the Barbirolli Cello Prize and the prestigious Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Born 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand, Victoria moved to the UK in 2002 to undertake postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying cello with Ralph Kirshbaum and Karine Georgian. In 2004 she graduated with a Masters degree, gaining distinctions in both composition and performance and on completion of her studies she was awarded the 2006 Gold Medal and Audience Prize. In 2005 she was appointed Section Principal Cellist with the Orchestra of Opera North, a position she held until she moved to London at the end of 2007. As a committed chamber musician, she is regularly invited to the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and for six years until 2009 she was a member of the Barbirolli Quartet, with whom she was most recently selected for the European Concert Hall Organisation 'Rising Stars' Series.