We are pleased to welcome violist Louise Parker, who joins us on 5 September as Tutti Viola for 12 months, and violinist Eleonora Consta, also starting on 5 September for 6 months as Tutti Second Violin.
Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, Louise had violin lessons with the Calderdale Music Service and played with the Calderdale & Yorkshire Youth Orchestras before moving to London to take up a place at Trinity College of Music. She graduated as a violinist and, having started playing viola during her first year, was offered a scholarship for a PGDip on viola with Peter Lewis. Whilst at Trinity, Louise formed the Chimera String Quartet and won the Barbirolli and Student Union Chamber Music Competitions, performing at St Martin-inthe- Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wembley Arena, as well as becoming Principal Viola of St Paul’s Sinfonia.
After graduating with Distinction, Louise spent a year with Southbank Sinfonia before embarking on a freelance career. Trials with the BBC Philharmonic and Opera North soon followed and she toured the world with the Royal Philharmonic. In demand as a Londonbased orchestral player, Louise has sat Principal and Co-Principal Viola with many freelance orchestras, as well as becoming a first-call extra at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and at the CBSO where she has worked regularly since 2011.
Alongside her orchestral work, Louise does film and commercial recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios and teaches at Blackheath High School’s Junior Department. She has become a regular dep for many string quartets, most notably Estilo, and worked for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and for the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour. Louise played in the pre-match build-up to the 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium and has toured and performed with many international artists including Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Julie Andrews and Kylie Minogue.
Louise has enjoyed working as an extra with the CBSO for many years. Highlights include a number of BBC Proms, many European tours and numerous concerts at Symphony Hall. Louise is really looking forward to becoming a member of the CBSO for the forthcoming season.
Ellie was born in Greece and moved to the UK at the age of 4. She began playing the violin in her local primary school at the age of 9 and a year later was awarded a music scholarship to Norwich High School, where her enthusiasm for music took off and led her to win the Norfolk Young Musician competition at the age of 13.
In 2008, Ellie began studying at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where her love for chamber music began! Highlights included leading Chetham's Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and performing a world premiere by Cheryl Frances-Hoad at the Bridgewater Hall with her piano trio.
In 2012, Ellie accepted her scholarship place at the Royal Academy of Music for her first year of undergraduate studies with Maurice Hasson, and then continued her degree with Jan Repko at the Royal College of Music, generously supported by the Michael Badminton Award. Now aged 24, Ellie is finishing her Masters in Performance at the RCM with Gaby Lester, whilst freelancing with orchestras around the UK.
Some of Ellie’s most memorable experiences have included winning the RCM Launchpad Prize, performing at King’s Place as part of the ChamberStudio series and performing as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra under Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw. Ellie is looking forward to performing at Wigmore Hall with the EUYO chamber ensemble in July and co-leading ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ in the late night Proms in August.
As well as leading an exciting performance life, Ellie enjoys eating out with family and friends, and sketching!