Rebecca Knight - 'Cello |
Rebecca Knight came to the Lawson Trio in 2007, already a seasoned chamber musician, having performed with a variety of ensembles at major venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, LSO St Luke’s and the BBC Chamber Proms, and for live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Rebecca has worked with chamber ensembles and orchestras including the Endymion Ensemble, Presteigne Festival Soloists, London Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared as section principal with City of London Sinfonia and Independent Opera. As concerto soloist, she has performed with orchestras including the Blackpool Philharmonic and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, and she has recorded chamber work for Chandos and Oboe Classics, with a new recording of Ethyl Smyth’s Cello Sonata featuring on a disc of music by British female composers, entitled ‘Seven Sisters’, to be released independently later in 2014.
A keen champion of new music, Rebecca has given premiere performances of chamber works for live radio broadcast, including a Composer Portrait of Chen Yi for the BBC Proms, and collection of works by composers from Caius College, Cambridge.
Rebecca is also a skilled educator; on the staff of the chamber music department at the Junior Guildhall since 2005, and a deputy teacher at Yehudi Menuhin School, as well as leading and performing in workshops run by Wigmore Learning and the City of London Sinfonia’s outreach programme.
Born and brought up in West Sussex, Rebecca gained a scholarship in 1995 to attend the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, going on to win the department’s 'cello prize and her first concerto opportunity. She went on to study at the Guildhall with Louise Hopkins from 2000 to 2005, where she was awarded the Gregory Salzman award for postgraduate study, gained a place on the LSO’s string scheme, and was chosen to represent the school at Paxos International Festival, Manchester Quartetfest, and at the Wigmore Hall.
In parallel with her performing career, Rebecca enjoys learning Russian and other Slavic languages and has studied with teachers from the Institute of Culture and Art in St Petersburg and at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Language at UCL.