Yann Besson, luthier Yann Besson, violin and viola maker

Rhiannon James

Rhiannon, originally from Cumbria, began studying the violin aged 7 after being inspired by Vanessa Mae’s playing. She began learning the viola aged 14 when she joined Junior RNCM. She undertook her BMus studies at the RNCM in 2006, where she studied with Louise Lansdown, and completed her Masters, also at RNCM, in 2012 under the tutelage of Asdis Valdimarsdottir. She is now studying with Garth Knox as part of the International Artist Diploma at RNCM.

She regularly takes part in various orchestras and has lead her section in numerous RNCM ensembles including Chamber, Opera, String and Symphony orchestras. She also toured China in 2010 with the 12 piece RNCM String Ensemble and has taken part in 3 tours to Italy with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. She now plays with the Manchester Camerata as an extra player on a regular basis.
She has been a keen chamber musician for years and before forming the Zelkova Quartet, participated in the Lake District Summer Music International Academy with both her previous quartet and also as a soloist. She made her Wigmore Hall debut as a chamber musician last year, playing Colin Matthews’ Second Oboe Quartet.

Rhiannon is also an experienced teacher of both the violin, viola and chamber music, having worked for Yorkshire Young Musicians and Pro Corda. She hopes to continue with a career filled with chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching!

She plays on a modern French instrument made by Yann Besson and a William Retford Hill bow.

More about Zelkova Quartet  : zelkovaquartet.co.uk


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