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President

Louise LansdownLouise is the founder and President of the English Viola Society (now British Viola Society), started in September 2007, and was appointed Secretary of the International Viola Society in 2010. Louise has attended international viola congresses in Glasgow, Kronberg, Iceland and performed and delivered papers at congresses in Adelaide (2007), Arizona (2008), South Africa (2009), Wurzburg (2011) and Rochester (2012). Louise was also a member of the jury for the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007.

Louise’s greatest musical influences have been Jack de Wet, Eric Rycroft, Lamar Crowson, Alan George, Thomas Riebl, Christophera Rowland, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, members of the Ysaye Quartet and Milan Skampa. She holds a B. Mus, B. Mus (Hons) (with distinction in Performance) and M. Mus from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 1998 Louise was awarded the ABRSM Overseas Scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 1999, Master of Music in Performance and Teacher’s Licentiate in 2000, all with Distinction in Performance. In 2000 she was also awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM along with the Rachel Godlee Prize for Viola. Louise was a member of the Yeomans Quartet at the RNCM from 1998-2001, giving recitals around the UK, Europe and South Africa, as well as recording Haydn and Sullivan quartets. She was closely involved with the annual RNCM Chamber Music Festivals, founded by the late Dr. Christopher Rowland in 1999, performing and helping to oversee performances of the complete chamber music of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich, 20th century quartets and many more. She is an avid chamber musician and performs in every spare moment!

Louise was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2008 with the title: ‘The Young Paul Hindemith: Life, Works, Relationships, Influences and Musical Activities until 1922.‘ She plays on a French instrument made around 1750, previously belonging to Cecil Aronowitz (first Head of Strings at the RNCM). Louise has had several articles published on Cecil Aronowitz and Paul Hindemith in the International Viola Society, American Viola Society, South Africa Viola Society, English Viola Society and Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Journals, as well as the STRAD magazine (2009) and the Hindemith Year Book (2010). Louise has been visiting the Hindemith Institute in Frankfurt since 2003.

Louise is a member of the Manchester based Pleyel Ensemble, a group that gives Chamber Music Recital around the North West and has just begin a residency at St Barts Church, Wilmslow.