Dunya Lavrova

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Dunya Lavrova was born in Russia and living in the UK since her early teens, Dunja’s cultural diversity is evident in her sound and attitude towards music.
Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery and Wigmore Hall and in numerous concerts and festivals in the U.K., France, Germany, South America and Switzerland.
Highly ambitious and determined to become a solo violinist from a very early age, she won a prize at her first competition at the age of 10 and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, appeared on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover.
She won full scholarships to both the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, from which she subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles. She has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. She was invited to play a recital there the following season and met a private benefactor who later presented her with a 1914 Pedrazzini violin which she now plays. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television.
During her studies, Dunja was selected to participate in masterclasses with world-leading musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrach, Pierre Amoyal, Zahar Bron, Zvi Zietlin, Dora Shwartzberg and others.
Although Dunja’s main passion is taking centre-stage as a soloist, she is equally enthusiastic when leading a chamber group or an orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room and and Purcell Room and appeared on French National Television with Ensemble Metamusika, of which she is the Leader and Director.
Dunja gives regular concerts with London Concertante, a chamber ensemble with which she performs as a soloist and as a leader.
A great lover of symphonic music and opera, Dunja has also guest-led various UK orchestras, including leading the violin section of the Royal Opera House at the performance of the critically-acclaimed ballet Jewels. She often takes time to tour with The Covent Garden Soloists as a Leader.
Maciej Rakowski was Dunja’s teacher for 8 years and from him she inherited her passion for teaching and education. She chose Education and Outreach as part of her degree at the RCM and gives lessons, masterclasses and workshops around the UK. She has put together various exciting Education and Outreach projects over the years and most recently gave a moving talk and a performance at the Vibe Gallery in aid of people affected by mental illnesses. Dunja is currently putting together a music festival (more details coming here soon).
Last year Dunja became the chamber music coach at the String Fest, Rugby and this year has given a highly acclaimed performance of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy there, during which she also directed the accompanying string orchestra.

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