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Emma Sheppard (Viola) Profile

Orchestral bookings (since November 2012)

  • Orchestras: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): English National Ballet, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera Project, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Winslow Hall Opera.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Bath Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, City of Oxford Orchestra, Corona Strings, English Chamber Orchestra, English Festival Orchestra, London Concertante, London Octave, Manning Camerata, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Orchestra of St John's, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Chamber Groups: Adderbury Ensemble, Chroma.
  • Shows: Carmen.
  • Sessions: Cool Music Ltd.
  • Education Work: Royal Opera House Orchestra Education.

Emma's orchestral work also includes

Trials with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (Princ, 2007), Royal Opera House (2005 - 06), Philharmonia, BBC NOW and Northern Sinfonia (sub-principal 2005).

Emma's other orchestral work includes:

  • English Symphony Orchestra
  • Blueprint New Music Ensemble, San Francisco (Princ)
  • San Francisco Student Philharmonic (Princ)
  • Oxford Company of Musicians
  • Royal College of Music Symphony String and 20th Century Orchestras (Princ)
  • Paris Conservatoire (co-Princ)

Emma's solo and chamber music work includes:

  • Britten's Lachrymae, with Bath Philharmonia (Apr 2009)
  • Performances with the Allegri String Quartet (including Mendelssohn's Octet and Shostakovich's Sextet), Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet), Gil Kalish, Robert Mann (Julliard Quartet), Ian Swensen, Jean-Michel Fonteneau (Ravel Quartet), Jorja Fleezanis, the Carducci Quartet, Susan Narucki, Axel Strauss, Jodi Levitz and Paul Hersh
  • Recording of Hoddinott's String Trio Op.1 with BBC NOW
  • Member of the Archinto String Quartet (Junior Fellows RAM, 1999)
  • The Paxos Festival (Greece), and Beaucaire Festival (France)

Emma was Principal Viola of English National Ballet from 2008-2012. As part of her freelance orchestral work she has played as guest principal for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, LMA Orchestra, City of Oxford Orchestra, Musical Associates (UK) Limited, National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project and Emerald Ensemble. She is currently Principal Viola of the Bath Philharmonia.

Her concerts with Bath Phil have included Solo appearances with them in Bath Abbey:-

Other Solo appearances:

  • March 2013 Walton Viola Concerto with the Milton Keynes Sinfonia
  • October 2013 James Whitbourn Canticles with RSCM Voices, Salisbury Cathedral
  • July 2013 Telemann Viola Concerto London Concertante, St Martin-in-the-Fields.
  • October 2011 Bach Brandenburg No 6 London Concertante, St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Further details of Emma's solo work can be found here

As a chamber musician Emma has performed with the Allegri and Carducci String Quartets; with Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet), Gil Kalish, Robert Mann (Julliard Quartet), Jorja Fleezanis, Susan Narucki, Ian Swensen, Jean-Michel Fonteneau (Ravel Quartet) and Axel Strauss. As a member of the Archinto Quartet she has given numerous recitals across the UK, including workshops under the auspices of the 'Live Music Now' scheme. In October 2009 she recorded Hoddinott's String Trio Op.1 with members of BBC NOW.

An experienced teacher, Emma is currently an Orchestral coach for Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. She was a Viola professor at San Francisco Conservatory of Music - preparatory division, a chamber music coach for The Urban School San Francisco and Vice-President of the ASTA's San Francisco chapter.

Emma has worked as a conductor with Cantores Exonienses and Orchestra (Oxford, 1995 - 96).

EDUCATION

Graduate studies

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM Chamber Music)
  • Salzburg Mozarteum
  • Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (ERASMUS exchange)
  • Royal College of Music (PGDip & PGAdvDip, 1997 - 99).
  • University of Oxford, Exeter College BA(hons) & MA in Music 2:1 (1994 - 97)

Prizes and Awards

  • Scholarship to San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Jerwood Scholarship to International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove (2000)
  • RCM Senior Exhibitioner and Wall Trust Scholar (1997 - 99)
  • Awards from KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship (1997 - 99)
  • Award from Countess of Munster Musical Trust (1997 - 98)
  • Lesley Alexander and Cecil Aronowitz RCM Viola prizes (1998)

Teachers

Jodi Levitz, Simon Rowlands-Jones, Jean Sulem, Raymond Glatard, Michel Mikalakakos, Veronika Hagen, Thomas Reibel. Viola Masterclasses: Yuri Bashmet, Geraldine Walther, Ralph Fielding. Chamber Music Masterclasses: Menahem Pressler, Sadao Harada, Robert Mann, the Hagen Quartet, Mark Sokol, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jorja Fleezanis, David Waterman, Joyce Rathbone.

Emma joined Morgensterns in January 2006

Emma's web profile was last updated 12th Nov 2017

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Emma Sheppard (Viola) Profile

Emma is Principal Viola of English National Ballet and Bath Philharmonia. As part of her freelance orchestral work she has played as guest principal for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia (as trialist), LMA Orchestra, City of Oxford Orchestra, Musical Associates (UK) Limited, Opera Project and Emerald Ensemble.

Her concerts with Bath Phil have included Solo appearances with them in Bath Abbey:-

Other Solo appearances:

  • March 2013 Walton Viola Concerto with the Milton Keynes Sinfonia
  • October 2013 James Whitbourn Canticles with RSCM Voices, Salisbury Cathedral
  • July 2013 Telemann Viola Concerto London Concertante, St Martin-in-the-Fields.
  • October 2011 Bach Brandenburg No 6 London Concertante, St Martin-in-the-Fields.

As a chamber musician Emma has performed with the Allegri and Carducci String Quartets; with Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet), Gil Kalish, Robert Mann (Julliard Quartet), Jorja Fleezanis, Susan Narucki, Ian Swensen, Jean-Michel Fonteneau (Ravel Quartet) and Axel Strauss. As a member of the Archinto Quartet she has given numerous recitals across the UK, including workshops under the auspices of the 'Live Music Now' scheme. In October 2009 she recorded Hoddinott's String Trio Op.1 with members of BBC NOW.

An experienced teacher, Emma is currently an Orchestral coach for Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. She was a Viola professor at San Francisco Conservatory of Music - preparatory division, a chamber music coach for The Urban School San Francisco and Vice-President of the ASTA's San Francisco chapter.

Emma has worked as a conductor with Cantores Exonienses and Orchestra (Oxford, 1995 - 96).

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Emma Sheppard (Viola) Profile

Teaching experience

  • BBC NOW Education work (2008 - 09)
  • Viola coach for Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra (2000 - 09)
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Prep Division Viola Professor (2004 - 05)
  • American String Teachers' Association, Vice President of San Francisco Chapter (2004 - 05)
  • Urban High School (SF), Chamber Music Instructor (2004 - 05)
  • Community Music Center (SF), Violin and Viola teacher (2004 - 05)
  • Vibo Music Center (SF), Violin and Viola teacher (2004 - 05)
  • SFCM Outreach substitute teacher for Starr King Strings Program, Violin and Cello (2003 - 05)
  • Lincoln High School (SF), Viola Coach for "Music to Go" (2003 - 04)
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School (SF), Viola Coach for "Music to Go" (2002 - 03)
  • Music History Tutor, Oxford University (2002)
  • Viola Tutor, Oxford Brookes University (2002)
  • Gloucester Adult Education "Learn as you Play" Program, String Assistant (2002)
  • Oxfordshire County Council Peripatetic Teacher - group and individual lessons (age 6 - 18), and some Suzuki teaching (2001 - 02)
  • Oxfordshire Academy Program for "talented children" of all ages, Teacher and Chamber Music Coach (2001 - 02)
  • Cheltenham Area Youth Orchestra, Sectional Coach (2000)
  • Peripatetic Teaching for Gloucestershire Music Service (1999 - 2000)
  • String Workshops in schools for Gloucestershire Music Service - introducing string instruments and music to schools with no music program, workshops included composing, sound and trying instruments (1999)
  • Barking and Dagenham Music Service, Violin teacher to 23 pupils (1997 - 98)
  • Cantores Exonienses and Orchestra, Oxford - Conductor and Manager (1995 - 96)
  • National Children's Orchestra of Wales, welfare staff for children under 14 (1994 - 99)
  • Beauchamp House Music Camp, welfare staff for children (1994)
  • Beauchamp House, Chamber Music Coach (1994)
  • Brookfield Music Centre, Glos. - Chamber Music Coach, Conductor (Junior Orchestra), Accompanist (Choir), Grade 1 - 5 Theory Tutor (1990 - 94)

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Reviews

Britten's Lachrymae
"...Then forward to the 20th Century, Britten's Lachrymae for viola and strings, based on a theme of Dowland, but in a totally different idiom. This was a remarkable performance from soloist Emma Sheppard which found the essence of the piece, in all its bleak despair, alternating the turbulence and the legato passages in a way which moved us by its sheer intensity..."   Peter Lloyds Williams

Vaugham Williams Flos Campi
"...Based on perhaps the most beautiful love poetry ever written, The Song of Solomon, it defies any attempt to label it: it is quite simply unique, and an all-too-rare treat to hear it superbly performed here.

Emma Sheppard's viola playing was magical, supported by excellent woodwind and percussion as, together with some subtle string playing, they created an exquisite tapestry of sound, evoking the enigma which lies at the heart of the work.

It has a sensuality, deriving from the poetry, which explores the mystery of love, its complexity and emotional range. The choir, whose part is without words, was perfectly balanced and sensitive to the mood and flow of the different movements and colours.

This was a well-nigh perfect realisation of a remarkable work of genius, given a shining intensity by Jason Thornton and his musicians, which left an indelible impression - wow..."   Peter Lloyd Williams

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