Pauline Lowbury; violin
Pauline Lowbury is well-known as soloist, chamber musician and leader, appearing at major venues throughout the UK and abroad, on BBC TV and Radio 3. She has given acclaimed Wigmore Hall recitals, and has appeared as concerto soloist with many orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra. She has also made many solo appearances with Britten Sinfonia, of which she was leader 1992-2004.
As chamber musician Pauline has worked with the Nash Ensemble, the Lowbury Piano Trio, the English Horn Trio (with Richard Watkins), Endymion Ensemble, and more recently a trio with clarinettist Sarah Williamson and pianist Margaret Fingerhut. As recitalist she has worked with Julius Drake, Christopher Green-Armytage and John Reid, and she has premiered sonatas written for her by Robert Simpson and Matthew Taylor. Her manyrecordings include Robert Simpson’s Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, Horn Trio and Horn Quartet, and also Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’ with Britten Sinfonia.
As orchestral leader Pauline has appeared with the London Philharmonic, English Chamber, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Scottish, BBC Concert, Ulster, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Swan, Sinfonia Verdi, Brompton Oratory, and Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto. In recent years she has been invited to adjudicate, teach and coach chamber music, notably at Grittleton Chamber Music Course. Engagements for 2014 include a performance of the Violin Concerto by EJ Moeran.
Pauline studied with Ernest Element in Birmingham, with Carl Pini at the RCM and with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, New York.
“a solo violinist with an exceptionally cultivated purity of tone and a technique that made light of the (Beethoven) Violin Concerto’s difficulties” THE TIMES
“her performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto never strained for effect but combined formidable technical command with charm and elegant phrasing”
BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL
“Beethoven’s wonderful ‘Spring’ Sonata was given a performance that was eloquent and of great musical sensibility.. Delius’s Sonata No 2 was played with a fluency and an unusual refinement of phrasing. Miss Lowbury’s performance of Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice was distinguished by formidable technical mastery at the service of a highly cultivated musical intelligence”
“Lowbury’s performance was finely engineered. Her individualistic sound quality, tinged with a characterful huskiness, compelled attention” (first performance, Robert Simpson Sonata)
“the solo line unfolded magnificently” (Bach A minor Concerto) RHEIN-NECKAR ZEITUNG
“some of the smoothest and most articulate triple stopping I have heard from a curved bridge and modern bow” (Bach C major Solo Sonata) THE STRAD
“outstanding musical gifts” HI-FI NEWS AND RECORD REVIEW