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Joely Koos


As well as being professor of cello and chamber music coach at Trinity College of Music, Joely leads an active freelance musical life dividing her time between orchestral, solo and chamber work.

She has been a regular guest principal with the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestras and is a member of the City of London Sinfonia and the London Chamber Orchestra directed by Christopher Warren-Green.

In 1994 Joely was a prizewinner in the EMI Jacqueline du Pre Cello and Piano duo competition. Since then she has given recitals and played concertos with various orchestras round Britain; she most recently performed the 'Rococo Variations' at St. Johns, Smith Square.

From 1993 to 1996 Joely was a member of the Archaeus string quartet: they gave concerts throughout the British Isles and were the resident Quartet at Dartington International Music School. The quartet recorded MinnaKeal's String Quartet to critical acclaim. More recently Joely visited Bombay as guest artist in the Sangat chamber music festival. She regularly gives masterclasses and has adjudicated for the Chamber Music for Schools Competition.

Having started the cello at the age of nine with her father, Joseph Koos (then principal cellist of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Joely was educated at Chetham's School of Music studying with William Pleeth and Liza Wilson. She was awarded scholarships to Cambridge University and then The Royal Academy of Music where she studied with David Strange and Lynn Harrell. There she won many music prizes including the much coveted Recital Diploma. Further scholarships from the Countess of Munster and Fleming Trusts resulted in Joely spending a year at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in Canada where she received tuition from Janos Starker and Lluis Claret.

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