Emily Earl is a London-based violinist and City Music Foundation Artist whose practice is built on diversity. She was highly praised for her Masters recital performance of Biber, Schnittke, and Nordheim, and so was awarded the J&A Beare Bow Prize for outstanding achievements at the Royal Academy of Music.
While studying at the Academy she led an early music project which included music by Bach and Monteverdi, and she was also part of many contemporary projects including those led by Andrew Norman and Harrison Birtwistle. Later this year, Emily will give the premiere of Geoffrey King’s “On Pause” as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s bicentenary 200 commissions. During the UK lockdown, she has commissioned several new works by emerging composers, including a series of canons using electronics by Freddie Meyers. Emily has been part of a growing collaboration with Freddie Meyers and disabled visual artist Rachel Gadsden, creating performances which tell stories of vulnerability, focusing on first-hand experiences of refugees and people with disabilities. Their next collaboration, “Deluge” will be presented in December with artists Jeremy Hawkes (Australia) and Yeung Siu Fong (Hong Kong) through Disability Arts Online.
In January 2019, Emily was concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, shortly followed by principal second violin for a performance at the World Economic Forum, both conducted by Marin Alsop. Orchestral playing has always been a part of Emily’s life, and during her time studying at the Barratt Due Institute in Norway, she played regularly with the Oslo Camerata and was a substitute with the Oslo Philharmonic for short time before moving back to London.
A lover of chamber music, Emily formed the Virentia Quartet whilst in Oslo, performing at the ‘Grieg in Bergen’ festival, and in a side-by-side concert with the Takács Quartet in the Oslo Quartet Series. She was a founding member of the London-based Echéa Quartet, who performed internationally at venues such as the Banff Centre for the Arts, Philharmonie de Paris and the Wigmore Hall. Earlier this year, Emily gave masterclasses and performed with various chamber ensembles at the Festival de los Siete Lagos in Argentina as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Emily plays a violin by Andrea Postacchini kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
This page was last updated in August 2019.