Diana Cummings


Strings - Violin

International soloist, chamber and orchestral musician

Prize winner in the International Competition ‘Nicolo Paganini’ and the International Violin Competition ‘A. Curci’

Adjudicates competitions and festivals both nationally and internationally

Diana Cummings is one of the most distinguished violinists in Great Britain, her career spanning a wide spectrum of musical activities. Born in London, she studied with David Martin at the Royal Academy of  Music in London, with Remy Principe in Rome and Louis Persinger in New York.  After winning prizes in the International Competition ‘Nicolò Paganini’ and the International Violin Competition ‘A. Curci’, she developed a busy international solo career as a recitalist and concerto soloist, playing an extensive repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary. She gave the first performance in Finland of the Violin Concerto by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and is dedicated to the promotion and performance of new works.

As leader of the Cummings String Trio and the English String Quartet Diana has performed widely both nationally and internationally. The English String Quartet was also the resident ensemble of the London Festival of Chamber Music, a month-long event which during the course of thirteen consecutive years (1995–2007) gave over 200 concerts, bringing an extensive repertoire of both familiar and rarely heard works to audiences London-wide.

Orchestrally, Diana has guest-led  many of this country's major symphony orchestras, and has played with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. With the London Bach Orchestra she performed several times the complete concerto repertoire of Bach at London's South Bank, and she was leader and soloist of the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra.

 In all these capacities Diana has broadcast frequently, and has made many recordings for major labels. She has recorded commercially, and has played in countless films including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.

Teaching is a major part of Diana Cummings's activity. She is a Fellow and violin teacher at the Royal Academy of  Music, and as part of her work she is the violin/viola specialist for the LRAM Teaching Diploma. This Licentiate Diploma is designed to give participating students the widest possible perspective in what is involved in the art of violin/viola teaching.

Diana has been a professor at TrinityLaban Conservatoire for Music and Dance since 1994, where she participates in a full programme of teaching.  In 2017 at TrinityLaban, she performed the complete cycle of the 10 Sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, and in 2018 the complete works for violin and piano by Schubert and Brahms. She was partnered by the distinguished Russian pianist Irina Lyakhovskaya.

Diana is violin coach of the National Youth String Orchestra. She is also chamber music coach at the International Chamber Music Summer School, The Chamber Music Weeks in Graz, Austria, and violin teacher at the International Academy of Musical Excellence also in Graz Austria.  She is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops.

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