Ellie Fagg
Ellie started playing the violin at two and a half years old and it was soon to become her life. She was a music scholar at St Albans High School for girls, while studying at the Junior Royal Academy of Music on a Saturday, before being awarded a foundation scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music under Yossi Zivoni, from where she gradated in 2005 with First Class Honours.

As a soloist, Ellie has performed recitals in venues across the UK and concertos with orchestras including the Amadeus Orchestra, Hertfordshire Philharmonic, JRAM Symphony Orchestra and the National Children’s Chamber Orchestra in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Royal Academy of Music Duke’s Hall and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

She was appointed leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, after having been a member for five years, and during her undergraduate at the RCM led many of the orchestras and ensembles. She is now a very busy freelance violinist in London, playing with many of the major symphony and chamber orchestras including the LSO, LCO, Philharmonia and CBSO in the UK and abroad.

She is also an active chamber musician performing many recitals around the country with the Solstice Quartet partaking in festivals including Dartington and Aberystwyth. She believes strongly in the power of music with young people and children and is heavily involved in education projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra and at the RCM as well as pioneering her own ideas in her violin and percussion duo, ‘Fiddlesticks’ and in her violin duo with Zoë Beyers with whom she is planning an educational and recital tour to South Africa in the near future.

Her musical life extends far and wide, appearing regularly on TV backing artists such as Will Young and Rod Stewart. She is also an active supporter of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as Simon Speare and John Cameron to record works written especially for her duos as well as being a member of the vibrant and eclectic Avenue A ensemble.

In 2005, Ellie won the ‘Emily English Scholarship’ awarded by the Musicians Benevolent Fund to the most outstanding violinist heard at audition and, as well as many smaller engagements, she is looking forward to her recital debut at the Bridgewater Hall in March 2006. She is now at the start of her postgraduate studies at the RCM, under Yossi Zivoni, as an Associated Board Scholar and hopes to spend some time studying abroad next year.