• Emily Pond

    Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Emily graduated from Royal Academy of Music with a Distinction for her MA in Performance and was also awarded a Dip RAM for an outstanding final recital. Prior to this Emily studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with a First Class BMus (Hons) Degree.

    As a soloist, Emily won the RNCM Viola Competition and is also the recipient of the Rachel Godlee Prize for Viola. An avid chamber musician also, Emily won the Edinburgh Quartet Apprentice Competition in April 2016 and joined them for a tour of Scotland in July. Emily regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe, and was invited to be an 'Artist in Residence' in the Cantiere International d'Art di Montepulciano, Italy. She also performed for HRH The Duke of Wales during his visit celebrating the centenary of Stoke-on-Trent. Emily has participated in Masterclasses with some of the world’s leading violists, including Nobuko Imai, Thomas Reibl and Lawrence Power.

    Emily is a founding member of The Fitzroy Quartet. The quartet are winners of The Wolfe Wolfinssohn Prize and in addition were awarded the Sir John Barbiroli Memorial Prize. They were invited to be the chamber group in residence at St Peters, Eaton Square, as their prize winners for 2016 and most recently have been been appointed as Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for 2016/17. Most notably the quartet won the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Competition in 2016 leading to performances at the Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. They have a busy season ahead performing in the Jubilee hall London and numerous festivals across the UK.

    As an orchestral musician, Emily has appeared with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, The Northern Chamber Orchestra, The European Union Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru (directed by Rachel Podger). She was also invited to perform alongside Sting and Bryn Terfel for Terfel’s 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. She has taken part in the BBC Proms Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival and performed in many countries across Europe.

    She plays a 1773 German Viola and a W. R. Retford bow, of Hill and sons