Clio Gould

AGSM, Hon RAM

Strings - Violin

Principal Violin of the London Sinfonietta and director of the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

Former leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble

Concerto soloist with the country’s major symphony orchestras, and specialist in the performance of contemporary solo repertoire

Clio enjoys an unusually varied career as a violinist, and performs as soloist, director and leader throughout Britain and Europe.

She made her BBC Proms concerto debut in 1999 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and has made concerto appearances with the London Sinfonietta, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. These concerts cover a broad repertoire, and include many newly commissioned works, some written especially for her.

Clio holds the position of principal violin of the London Sinfonietta. In 2002 she was appointed leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the first female leader of a symphony orchestra in London, a position she held until 2016. She was Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble from 1993 to 2005.

She is increasingly involved in the performance of contemporary solo repertoire, and has worked with many leading composers. UK premieres she has given include John Adams’s Road Movies for violin and piano and Anthèmes II for violin and live electronics by Pierre Boulez at the Southbank Centre’s celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday. Clio gave the UK premiere performance of Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the 2003 Aldeburgh Festival, with the composer conducting. She has since performed the concerto in Japan, Finland, Gothenberg and Budapest.

Clio plays the Rutson Stradivarius of 1694, which has generously been lent to her by the Royal Academy of Music where she regularly directs the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists. In 1999 she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Academy.

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