Morwenna Del Mar enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist and chamber musician (as a member of the Del Mar Piano Trio), and is increasingly in demand as an orchestral principal player. She recently joined the cello section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, previously having held the position of Principal Cello (No.2) with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Morwenna is the principal cello of Covent Garden Sinfonia, and has performed as guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Touring Opera and Rambert Dance Company. She plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and has performed in many countries around the world, from North and South America to India, the Far East, and Australia. She can be heard playing on the soundtracks for many films, television series, and video games, as well as on numerous classical recordings, both as an orchestral player and, most recently, in Grazyna Bacewicz's Cello Quartet.
She has given solo or chamber performances at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Leeds Town Hall, The Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh and in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and she has appeared as soloist in concertos by Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Schumann, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, the Dvorak Rondo, and, with the Del Mar Piano Trio, the Beethoven Triple Concerto. Recent concerto appearances include performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Francesca Barritt and conductor Ben Palmer with Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra and Farnborough Symphony Orchestra.
Morwenna read music at Cambridge University, graduating in 2005. She continued her studies as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a postgraduate performance diploma with distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital, and for two years with Professor Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, New York, graduating in 2009 with a Masters in Music and an Orchestral Studies Diploma. Morwenna was principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Other orchestral training included a Leverhulme Orchestral Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, an Orchestral Studies Diploma at the Eastman School of Music, and as a participant of the London Symphony Orchestra's String Experience Scheme was awarded the LSO's PROMIS award for most outstanding student.
Morwenna is grateful for the very generous support of Richard Syred, which enabled her studies in America, and also to the Dulce Haigh Marshall Trust for its grants over many years.
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