Emma Richards, viola

Emma Richards (viola) comes from England, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Ásdís Valdimarsdottir and Simon Rowland-Jones. She has been awarded scholarships and numerous prizes including the prestigious Cecil Aronowitz Memorial Award. She has attended festivals and masterclasses such as the International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove, the Dartington International Summer School, and the Internationale Stichtig Masterclass Apeldoorn, working with leading artists including Atar Arad, Nobuko Imai, Harmut Rohde, Thomas Riebl, Rivka Golani, Krzysztof Chorzelski, and Jutta Puchammer-Sedillot. Emma is a passionate chamber musician and has received coaching from Steven Isserlis, the Michelangelo Quartet, the Endellion Quartet, the Quator Danel, the Gould Trio and many other distinguished musicians. Recent performance highlights include Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte Montepulciano, the Hindemith 1937 Solo Viola Sonata at the Hindemith Tage Festival, Frankfurt-am-Main and at the 37th International Viola Congress in South Africa. Emma performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist with her duo partner Duncan Honeybourne. In 2011, Emma worked full-time with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a highlight being Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 with Vasily Petrenko. In addition to the orchestral work, Emma also worked on the Liverpool Philharmonic’s groundbreaking In Harmony project and the Musician in Residence programme in collaboration with the Mersey Care NHS Trust. Emma is highly committed to contemporary music; recent solo performances including Salvatore Sciarrino’s Tres Notturni Brillianti and Gaza Cantos by Christopher Swithinbank. She is also the violist of the newly formed Distractfold Ensemble which is a Manchester based group dedicated to the performance to contemporary instrumental and electroacoustic music. Emma is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellunde Kunst in Frankfurt am Main with Roland Glassl, and is very grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting her studies this year.