Rosalind Ventris

Rosalind Ventris, viola, performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and abroad. In past seasons she has performed as a soloist at the Emilia Romagna Festival (Italy), Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, and Bridgewater Hall. 2012-2013 appearances included recitals with pianist Lara Dodds-Eden at the Slovak Philharmonic (Bratislava), Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal and other Dutch venues in an International Holland Music Sessions tour, and, in the UK, at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, and Aldeburgh Festival. In 2013-2014 she performed at the Wigmore Hall, Brighton Festival, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, and in the Lauenen Chamber Concerts (Switzerland). She was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in January 2014. Since she made her concerto debut at St. John’s Smith Square in 2007. Rosalind has frequently appeared as a concerto soloist. Rosalind has given a number of world premieres, in particular by British composer Edwin Roxburgh. In 2012 she gave the world premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s Ricercare with pianist Lara Dodds-Eden at their Kirckman Concert Society recital at the Wigmore Hall. She has given contemporary music recitals for York Late Music and other societies, and performed Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Eulogy for viola and small ensemble with Ensemble CB3. A keen chamber musician, Rosalind has played with ensembles such as the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, the London Conchord Ensemble, the Dante and Endellion String Quartets, and has taken part in the Open Chamber Music Sessions at IMS Prussia Cove. She has benefited greatly from the Aidan Woodcock Charity’s Maiastra chamber music programme since 2006. Last summer she appeared at the Salzburg Festival in the IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary Celebrations/Sándor Végh Centenary, in a group led by Gerhard Schultz of the Alban Berg String Quartet.  Rosalind won second prize in the Purcell School Concerto Competition and  received the Gwynne Edwards Memorial Prize and the EUCO Prize at the 2006 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, subsequently performing with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Tasmin Little. She won the Max & Peggy Morgan Prize at the Guildhall School, and received five prizes, including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize, at the 2013 Tertis Competition. During her studies and Fellowship at the Guildhall, she received awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Hattori Foundation, and was a Leverhulme, Worshipful Company of Drapers, Brian George Coker, and Stanley Picker Trust Scholar.  Rosalind received an English Speaking Union scholarship to study at the Banff Centre in Summer 2012 and is grateful to the Hattori Foundation for their generous support..