Biography

Recognized for her qualities as a soloist and chamber musician, British violist Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought after young violists internationally. She performed at the Wigmore Hall’s 2014 viola celebration, and received five prizes at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize. She is a winner of the Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Awards for Young Concert Artists (AYCA) 2016.

Since she made her concerto debut at St.John’s Smith Square in 2007 Rosalind has frequently appeared as a concerto soloist, performing works including Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, Bruch’s Double Concerto (with Thomas Gould, violin), and the viola concerti by York Bowen, Walton, Bartok, and Telemann. Rosalind has appeared as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, and in the UK with violinist Tasmin Little. She has given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, St Martin in the Fields, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal & Brighton Festival. From 2011-2013 Rosalind was part of the Countess of Muster Recital Scheme, giving numerous performances across the UK. In 2013, Rosalind was chosen as an International Holland Music Sessions ‘Young Master on Tour’, and was an artist in Residence at the Banff Centre in 2014. She has received awards from the Hattori Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Kirckman Concert Society, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, English Speaking Union, and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. For more details about Rosalind’s future concerts please click here.

Deeply committed to chamber music, Rosalind is a member of a number of exciting ensembles: Trio Anima with Matthew Featherstone (principal flute of BBCNOW), and Anneke Hodnett (harp), Trio Dramatis with Fraser Langton (clarinet) and James Willshire (piano), and the Albion String Quartet with Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker (violins), and Nathaniel Boyd (cello). She has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro Festival, Tabea Zimmermann at the Wigmore Hall, the Arcanto Quartett at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Gerhard Schultz at the Salzburg Festival, Garth Knox, Clive Greensmith, the Aronowitz Ensemble, the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, and the Dante and Endellion String Quartets. For the IMS Prussia Cove, she performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2012 for the IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary Celebrations & Sándor Végh Centenary, and on the 2013 tour. Rosalind has regularly been invited to attend IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.

She has frequently broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’. In 2016 Rosalind recorded a new work by Rory Boyle on Delphian with Trio Dramatis, and a song cycle by Robert Hugill on Navona with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano) and Will Vann (piano). Both discs will be released in 2017. The Albion Quartet will be releasing their debut recordings of Dvorak quartets in 2018, the first in a series of discs for Signum Records.

Rosalind has given a number of world premieres by the composer Edwin Roxburgh: Monologue for solo viola at the Royal Festival Hall (2011), Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Purcell Room (2011), and Ricercare at the Wigmore Hall (2012). As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, she will be performing contemporary solo viola recitals in London at St. James’s Piccadilly, and St.John’s Smith Square, in 2016-2017.

Rosalind enjoys the collaborative approach of unconducted chamber orchestras, and has performed as the guest principal viola of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and toured with the European Union Chamber Orchestra as their guest principal aged nineteen. She will be taking part in a tour of Australia as the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s guest principal viola in 2017.

After reading Music at Cambridge University, Rosalind studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Fellow 2011-12) and with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory. She has taught at City University, the Britten Pears Middle East Development Project, and given workshops for the Oxford Chamber Music Fringe & Live Music Now. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, studying with Miguel da Silva as a Haas-Teichen Scholar.

Please do not use this biography for programmes. For an up-to-date biography for Rosalind, please email: rosieventris@hotmail.com.