emily davis violin biography

Emily is an engaging and versatile violinist, enjoying an international and widely varied career.

She has been invited as a guest Concertmaster to numerous orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra Dublin, and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra to name but a few. She has recently been appointed as Associate Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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 honoured to be selected as Concertmaster of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Highlights of this time include a performance of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony with Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and performances of Rimsky Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” at both the Dubai Opera House and Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. 

Emily particularly enjoys directing larger chamber ensembles from the violin. Notable performances include directing a concert at the Wigmore Hall with a chamber orchestra and guest cellist Kian Soltani, performing Mozart’s 4th Violin Concerto in Bergen without conductor, and leading a performance of Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Gothenburg Konserthuset as both director and soloist.

Solo performances have taken Emily to festivals and venues across the U.K. and Europe. Recent highlights include Arvo Pärt’s "Fratres" with conductor Vasily Petrenko at the Pärnu Festival in Estonia, Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons” at the Bergen International Festival, Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with both the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and Outcry Ensemble in London. She has broadcast live as a soloist on British (BBC), Estonian, Romanian and Irish (RTÉ) radio stations.

She was a founding member of the successful Artesian String Quartet from 2009-2016. Her time with the group saw performances at the Purcell Room and Kings Place, as well as live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" and the BBC Proms. Emily was also First Violinist of the "North Sea Ensemble", a vibrant quartet that explored the great classical masterpieces alongside new commissions and genre crossing works. They have held a residency at the Britten Peares Foundation in Aldeburgh, and have performed at the Tallinn Chamber Festival, the Grafenegg Festival (Austria) and extensively across Holland and Belgium. 

Emily is highly in demand as a guest principal with numerous U.K. and European orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has played regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She has enjoyed invitations to some of the worlds top chamber orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Aurora Orchestra in London, the Scottish Ensemble and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She has toured to some of the finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and the Musikverein (Vienna). 

Emily held a scholarship to study with Mateja Marinkovic at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has received tuition and masterclasses from leading violinists including Maxim Vengerov, and Isabelle Van Kuelen. 

Now a passionate teacher herself, Emily is driven to share her eclectic musical experiences. She is a Professor of Violin at St Mary’s specialist music school in Edinburgh and has taught many youth ensembles across the U.K. and Norway.