Lily Whitehurst is a 21 year old violinist from Tenby, Pembrokeshire. She is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni as the recipient of the Gough Kelly Award.
She has played with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle, Sinfonia Cymru, the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As well as this, Lily frequently leads the RNCM Opera, Concert, Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.
Lily is also a member of the award winning Clara Quartet, winners of both the John Barbirolli and Laurence Turner prizes for string quartet. They were also recipients of the RNCM Hirsch prize for the performance of Beethoven. They performed across Europe with highlights being in London’s Wigmore Hall, Hannover and Montepulciano, Tuscany as part of the Cantiere Festival. Lily also plays with a variety of other ensembles and has enjoyed working with artists such as Akram Khan, Bryn Terfell and Sting.
As a soloist Lily is the winner of the Cowen Violin Prize, Phillip Newman Violin Prize, Dyfed Young Musician of the Year and the Bulgin Medal awarded by the Worshipful Society of Musicians. She has performed in master classes with some of the world’s leading violinists such as Christian Tetslaff, Renaud Capucon, Alina Pogostkina, Veronika Eberle and Leland Chen. Lily’s playing has been broadcast on BBC Songs of Praise, S4C, BBC Radio Foyle and on BBC Radio Wales as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She was also the feature of a documentary at the 2012 BBC Proms.
She is currently playing on a 17th century Galiano kindly on loan from Mr Gordon Levy.