Camilla Scarlett : violin

Camilla Scarlett

Born in London in 1983, Camilla Scarlett read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and was recipient of a Domingos Vasconcellos Fund award which enabled her to receive violin tuition from Emanuel Hurwitz. She won an Arts and Humanities Research Council award to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was granted the Rowsby Woof scholarship to study violin with Howard Davis and gained a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction and a Diploma of the RAM. She continued her studies on baroque violin with Rachel Podger, receiving a Bache Fund prize upon completion of her time at the Academy. Camilla was selected in 2007 to be a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, recording and touring Europe and the Balkans, under the direction of Lars Ulrich Mortensen.

She has performed throughout the UK and abroad on period instruments with ensembles including Classical Opera Company, Gabrieli Consort and Players, The English Concert, The Hanover Band and The Sixteen. As a member of La Serenissima, Camilla has performed on critically acclaimed releases annually since their 2010 recording Vivaldi: Gods, Emperors and Angels. Her playing has featured on Radio 4’s ‘iPod Series’ broadcast in 2011 and 2012 alongside pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris and baritone Thomas Guthrie.

She regularly leads and performs with the Bampton Classical Players which she co-founded in 2007, giving performances in London’s Wigmore Hall and other venues, as well as closer to her home in the Cotswolds. Camilla has played with Bristol Baroque Soloists since 2012. She has co-created the Easter Baroque Players for the St Endellion Festival in order to explore Italian baroque repertoire in an annual recital since 2013. Camilla is also a member of the Thomas Young Ensemble, established by David Owen Norris to explore performances of 18th and 19th century repertoire using historical keyboards. Their recording of Sterndale Bennett’s Chamber Trio with cellist Jonathan Byers is planned for the composer’s bicentenary, using an 1828 Broadwood piano.

Camilla devised ‘The Dawn of the Stradivarius’ to celebrate the opening of the Ashmolean’s exhibition Stradivarius in June 2013 for Music at Oxford; the event brought together discussion and performance by Canadian violinist James Ehnes on three different Stradivarius violins, followed by music from the luthier’s contemporaries performed by La Serenissima in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. It was described as ‘a thoughtfully curated and informative evening with some stellar performances’ (Bachtrack). She is founder of Vintage Music: set up to promote performance on period instruments with its inaugural weekend festival taking place in October 2014 in the unique setting of Beaulieu’s Abbey and Palace House .

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