Louisa Stonehill – Violin

British-American violinist, Louisa Stonehill has performed in Germany, Austria, Spain, throughout Eastern-Europe, Canada, Mexico, UK and across the USA. Her performances are recognized for being “open-hearted and superbly characterized,” (The Glasgow Herald) and Gramophone magazine branded her a “passionately committed advocate”. A committed chamber-musician, Louisa is most often seen alongside pianist Nicholas Burns as part of the Steinberg Duo. Together, they have recorded four albums for Nimbus Alliance and Lyrita.

Louisa’s recent and upcoming recital appearances include the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Music on Madison NYC, Blackheath Recital Hall London, Rolston Hall at The Banff Centre and the 1901 Arts Club on London’s Southbank. Her work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in the UK and Radio Marabu in Germany.

Equally at home with orchestral music, Louisa performs regularly with Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also worked with the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Symphony Orchestra and Opera Holland Park. She has regularly performed at the BBC Proms in London and has often broadcast for BBC TV and radio.

A skilled and experienced educator, Louisa has always enjoyed teaching alongside her performing career. She has recently joined the faculty at Keene State College, New Hampshire and earlier this year she adjudicated The Leonard Smith Duo Competition before giving a public masterclass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. She has coached young ensembles at The Royal College of Music, London and from 2009-2016 she ran a thriving private music studio in London.

In 2011, Louisa transformed a disused a shop unit into a studio space dedicated to chamber music along with her husband. Every month they opened their doors to the public, giving a Sunday evening recital. The 25-seat space offered the opportunity for audiences to experience music in a unique, authentic and intimate setting.

Louisa began playing the violin just before her fourth birthday, inspired by her musical Grandmother. At ten, she won a place at the prestigious Purcell School of Music in London. After completing her formal education at Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires, Louisa was fortunate to continue her studies at IMS Prussia Cove and took part in many of the inaugural ChamberStudio masterclasses at Kings Place. She studied with eminent musicians such as Leland Chen, Richard Ireland, Anthony Marwood, Krysia Osostowicz, Henk Guittart, Christoph Richter, William Howard and David Waterman.

Louisa plays on a wonderful English violin made in 2010 by Glen Collins. It is based on the Lord Wilton Guarneri del Jesu owned by the late Yehudi Menuhin.

In the Summer of 2016, Louisa left London and emigrated to Keene, New Hampshire. Louisa has been enjoying her new environment with her husband and three-year-old son. She is a keen hiker and skier, loves photography and rolling out her yoga mat for some down time!