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Violin

Elizabeth Layton

Elizabeth Layton

Elizabeth Layton is supported by an anonymous donor
Born in London, Elizabeth Layton won the Young Concert Artists Trust Competition, making her UK concerto debut with the Philharmonia. She has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony, English Sinfonia, Calgary Philharmonic, City of Barcelona Symphony, Lahti Symphony and many others, with conductors including Osmo Vanska, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Charles Groves, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Ilan Volkov. Festival appearances include Bath, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Valencia, Gstaad and numerous music societies.

She has toured worldwide with the Nash Ensemble and Trio Zingara, and CD recordings include the complete Beethoven piano trios (nominated for a Gramophone Award) and violin and piano works by Schubert (Daily Telegraph ‘CD Choice’). Other recordings include chamber music by Ravel, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré and Shostakovich for DG, Hyperion, Naxos, BIS and Chandos.

Elizabeth was Associate Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1998-2010). She broadcast regularly for the BBC as soloist, and directed the BBC SSO regularly with artists including Michael Collins, Alison Balsom and Martin Roscoe. She has been a guest director of the Scottish Ensemble, Manchester Camerata and Ambache Ensemble. Numerous performances of contemporary solo violin music include a critically acclaimed CD of Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Scena’ with the BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov.

Elizabeth is a regular guest concertmaster with orchestras in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, Auckland and Wellington. She has toured chamber music with ensembles including Selby&Friends, the Australian String Quartet, Flinders String Quartet and Australia Piano Quartet, also recording a CD of English oboe quartets with Artaria. Broadcasts for the ABC include recitals for Sunday Live and a performance of Raymond Hanson’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Recent performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Ensemble Q at the George Town Festival, Penang, Coriole Festival, Coramba Festival, Music by the Springs, Port Fairy Spring Festival and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra concert series. She appears regularly in the University of Adelaide Concert Series at Elder Hall. Elizabeth directs the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, giving concerts in venues around South Australia.

Elizabeth studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and aged twelve, was invited to join Hephzibah and Yehudi Menuhin in a chamber music concert to celebrate the latter’s Golden Jubilee, broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall, London. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School, New York with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, also working with Sandor Vegh, Janos Starker, Zoltan Szekely and Zara Nelsova. Elizabeth holds a doctorate from the University of Adelaide.