Biography

London-born violist Virginia Slater began playing the viola at the age of six, when her older brother and sister decided to take up the violin. Her musical education began at the Purcell School of Music with Ian Jewel. She also studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Takeno.As an established recitalist and chamber musician, Virginia’s UK appearances include performances in the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Prom Series. She has appeared at Festivals in Edinburgh, Brighton, the City of London and enjoys performing each Summer at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, where she has collaborated with musicians including Katya Apekisheva, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Jamie Walton, Thomas Carroll, Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay and Matthew Barley.

On the international stage Virginia has appeared as recital and concerto soloist in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Helsinki, Tallinn and Japan.

Virginia also enjoys a varied and exciting freelance career. As a founding member of the Covent Garden Consort, she has made several recordings and has appeared in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

In demand as an orchestral musician, Virginia has performed as guest principal with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Opera North, Orchestra of the Swan and City of London Sinfonia.

Virginia has been the grateful recipient of numerous prizes and trusts and has received appreciated awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, The Worshipful Company of Musicians, The Worshipful Company of Drapers and The Leverhulme Trust.

2017-18 promises to be an exciting time for Virginia with several world premieres including award winning composer Julian Philips’ Concerto for Viola and Double Bass ‘Ballades Concertantes’ with Orchrestra of the Swan and Derek Smith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano (generously supported by the Gamma Music Trust) as well as forthcoming performances of Britten’s Lachrymae, Vaughn Williams’ Flos Campi for solo viola, orchestra and choir, Dittersdorf Sinfonia Concertante for Viola and Double Bass and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.