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Pauline Lowbury


ARCM, Dip Juilliard

Recitals: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s, Smith Square, Manchester Midday
Radio 3 live broadcasts, studio recordings
Solo appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, venues throughout UK and Europe
Concertos with English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of London, Britten Sinfonia
Premieres of sonatas written for her by Robert Simpson and Matthew Taylor

Orchestral work
Britten Sinfonia, leader 1992-2004
English Chamber Orchestra, associate leader (no 2 plus some leading) 2004-2010
Academy of London, leader 1991-1994
Guest leading:- London Philharmonic Orchestra, ECO, CBSO, BBC Scottish, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Ballet, New London Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra da Camera, Sinfonia Verdi, Brompton Oratory, Rambert Dance, British Philharmonic

Session work
Colin Sheen, George Hamer, Tonia Davall, Peter Willison, UK Orchestras, LMO, Gavyn Wright, Isobel Griffiths, Paul Wing, Levine Andrade, Cool Music, Buick, Nat Peck, David Mitcham, Raymond Cohen, Brodsky Quartet, Paul Spong, Doina, English Session Orchestra

Chamber Music

Lowbury Piano Trio
English Horn Trio - with Richard Watkins
Clarinet Trio with Sarah Williamson and Margaret Fingerhut
Nash Ensemble - London concerts, tours, broadcasts, recordings
Endymion Ensemble, SCO Ensemble - guest leader
ECO Ensemble
Britten Sinfonia Ensemble
London Concertante Ensemble


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending with Britten Sinfonia (BMG Conifer)
Robert Simpson Violin Sonata, Piano Trio (Hyperion)
Robert Simpson Horn Trio, Horn Quartet (Hyperion)
Matthew Taylor Piano Trio (Toccata)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 2, Consort of London, (Collins Classics)
Rawsthorne Theme and Variations for Two Violins (Redcliffe Records)
Martinu Flute Trios, Feinstein Ensemble (Naxos)
Orchestral solos include:- Britten Sinfonietta, James MacMillan Seven Last Words,York
Bowen Symphonic Fantasia

“A solo violinist with an exceptionally cultivated purity of sound and a technique that made light of the Violin Concerto’s difficulties.” 
(Beethoven Concerto)  

“Beethoven’s wonderful ‘Spring’ Sonata was given a performance that was eloquent and of great musical sensibility..Delius’s Sonata No 2 was played with a fluency and an unusual refinement of phrasing. Miss Lowbury’s performance of Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for solo violin was distinguished by formidable technical mastery at the service of a highly cultivated musical intelligence.” 


“Lowbury’s performance was finely engineered. Her individualistic sound quality, tinged with a characterful huskiness, compelled attention.” (1st performance, Simpson Sonata)


“the solo line unfolded magnificently.” (Bach A minor Concerto)


“Her performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto never strained for effect , but combined formidable technical command with charm and elegant phrasing.”

“some of the smoothest and most articulate triple stopping I have heard from a curved bridge and modern bow.” (Bach C major Solo Sonata) 

“outstanding musical gifts” HI-FI NEWS

Concerto repertoire:- Bach Concertos & Brandenburg Concertos, Barber, Beethoven (Concerto, Triple Concerto), Berg, Brahms (Concerto, Double Concerto), Bruch 1, 2 & Scottish Fantasy, James Francis Brown Trio Concertante, Dvorak, Elgar, Glazunov, Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, Aaron Jay Kernis Concerto for Violin and Guitar, Gordon Jacob, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto No 5, Mendelssohn 1 & 2, Moeran, Mozart (Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante), Paul Patterson, Saint Saens No 3 & Rondo Capriccioso, Schubert Rondo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Vivaldi Four Seasons, Vieuxtemps No 5, Wieniawski No 2

Scholarships, Awards

National Finalist Shell LSO Competition
Caird Scholarship, Munster Trust Scholarship, Max Mossell Scholarship
RCM Dove Prize, Stoutzker Prize, Percy Coates Award
Juilliard Scholarship

Royal College of Music, Juilliard School New York
Teachers:- Carl Pini, Ivan Galamian, Margaret Pardee, Ernest Element, Carmel Kaine, Frederick Grinke, Samuel Rhodes, William Lincer
Masterclasses:- Ida Haendel, Max Rostal

Teaching, coaching

University of West London
Pro Corda
Grittleton Chamber Music Course

Examining, Adjudication
Trinity College
RCM Junior College

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