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Biography

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. In January 2017 she took up the position of Principal Cello (No.2) with the Orchestra of Opera North, and in August 2017 she joins the cello section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Morwenna is principal cello of the Orchestra of St Paul's, and she performs regularly as guest principal with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as being a regular player with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She can be heard playing on soundtracks for many films, television series, and video games, as well as on numerous classical recordings, both as an orchestral player and, most recently, on a recording of Grazyna Bacewicz's Cello Quartet.

She has given solo 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.

To find out about Morwenna's forthcoming performances click here.