Extended biography

Eleanor Corr has been a full scholar at the Royal Academy of Music since the age of 17, studying with Clio Gould and Igor Petrushevski. She holds the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust award, the Leverhulme Undergraduate Award, Poulett Scholarship and a Foundation Award, and was overall top student in her year in 2011. She is privileged to play a very fine N.Gagliano violin on loan from the Royal Academy of Music’s collection. She is currently a member of the prestigious Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists. Eleanor has won places in the Britten-Pears Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. She is a prize-winner in several competitions, such as The International Israeli Competition, and she was named BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2006.

From 2010 to 2011 Eleanor was Leader of the Royal Academy of Music String Orchestra. She plays in the Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra as principal second violin, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Academy Big Band. In summer 2012 she traveled with the top students of the Royal Academy of Music to New York to participate in a joint project with the Julliard School, performing in New York’s Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms under the baton of John Adams. At age 17 Eleanor won a place at the London Symphony Orchestra Strings Academy 2010, and was nominated course prize runner up whilst being one of the youngest participants. From 2010-12 Eleanor was leader of the University of London Symphony Orchestra, and is an active and regular participant in student-based projects as leader. A committed orchestral player of long-standing, Eleanor has held principal positions in many orchestras from the age 9 when she joined the National Children’s Orchestra as Principal Viola, a position she retained for four years. As a violinist she performed at the Beijing International Music Festival as part of the orchestra’s tour to China. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2006 to 2010, playing Principal Second Violin in her final year.

From 2001 to 2010 Eleanor was Specialist Musician and Scholar at Wells Cathedral School, one of the UK’s four music schools. Here she became Leader of all the orchestras and won every competition and prize, including the Concerto Competition in 2008, the Vivaldi Competition in 2009 and the Yfrah Neaman String Prize in 2009.

Eleanor has received many invitations to perform, and enjoys considerable success, as a soloist. Performances have included concertos by Bruch, Kabalevsky, Corelli, Vivaldi, Mozart, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Dvorak, as well as the Bach Oboe and Violin Concerto in C Minor and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Recent engagements include a solo recital at Bristol’s Colston Hall, and performances in London of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto with The London International Orchestra and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 with The University of London Symphony Orchestra. She has performed her own lunchtime recital at The Chichester Festivities.  She represented the UK specialist music schools’ violinists at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Virtuoso Violin Weekend in 2010.

A keen chamber musician who is much in demand Eleanor has played in numerous ensembles.  Her piano trio, winners of the Harry Isaacs Prize 2012 at the RAM, most recently performed at the London Schubertiade, amongst other venues. The trio is honoured to be nominated to compete in the RAM Club Prize in June 2013. Eleanor has toured Hong Kong with her String Quintet, and was a member of Pro Corda.

Eleanor features on the soundtrack of an Olympics 2012 promotional animation. She has played in most of the UK’s major concert halls and under the baton of many conductors of international standing. Over the years Eleanor has benefited from masterclasses with leading teachers, chamber musicians and professional violinists including Maxim Vengerov, and Thomas Brandis who described her as “an exceptionally gifted musician and violinist.”