emily davis violin biography

With a glowing reputation as a creative, versatile and dynamic violinist, Emily is internationally in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. 

A vibrant orchestral life has seen Emily tour to the finest concert halls across the world such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Vienna Musikverein under the batons of esteemed conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda. She has been widely engaged as a guest Concertmaster with orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Emily also enjoys regular invitations to the Budapest Festival Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Aurora Orchestra to name but a few. From 2014-16 she held the position of Principal First Violin with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and from 2016-18 was Associate Concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. 

For two years, Emily was Concertmaster of the European Union Youth Orchestra. She performed widely with group as both leader and soloist, and completed her final tour with widely praised performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" at the Dubai Opera House and The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.

Recital and concerto performances have taken Emily to festivals and venues across the U.K. and Europe. Recent highlights have seen performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 and Mozart's D Major Violin Concerto, and a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 3 at Wigmore Hall. Other notable concerts have included Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko at the Pärnu Festival in Estonia, Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in the Gothenburg Konserthuset, and Piazzolla's "Four Seasons" in the Bergen International Festival with the Bergen Unge Kammer Orkest; Emily directed the latter two of these mentioned performances from the violin.

Chamber music is at the core of Emily's musical values. She was a founding member of the Artesian Quartet from 2009-2016. Her time with the group saw performances at Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room and Kings Place, as well as live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" and the BBC Proms. They were also CAVATINA Chamber Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music, Park Lane Group Artists and a Quartet for Chamber Studio @ Kings Place.

Emily is the First Violinist of the "North Sea Ensemble", a European Quartet that is driven to develop the connections between different genres, performing the great chamber music repertoire alongside collaborative projects and new commissions. Performances have included Bruckner's String Quintet and Sibelius's "Intimate Voices" at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, and Brahms's Clarinet Quintet alongside a new jazz inspired work by Misha Mullov-Abbado for Quartet and Clarinet in Tournai. They have premiered works for Quartet and Voice by composers Henri Farge and Peter Kooreman in France and Holland respectively, and  particularly enjoyed a Residency at the Britten Peares Foundation at Snape Maltings. 

Emily is a former prize winning student of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Mateja Marinkovic. She has received masterclasses and tuition from renowned violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope, Fabio Biondi, Isabelle Van Kuelen and Alexander Pavlovic.

Emily has been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and also by the Help Musicians UK "Parikian" award. She plays on an Italian Milanese Violin circa 1730 of the Grancino School.