Amanda Lake

Tutti First Violin

London-born Amanda’s interest in the violin was sparked at the age of three when her family visited another family who all played the violin – ‘I was curious and tried to play a miniature violin that was hanging on the wall! I pestered my parents for eighteen months before starting lessons – even a violin-shaped birthday cake wouldn’t satisfy me!’

Amanda studied at the Royal College of Music with Dona Lee Croft then undertook a Masters in string quartet playing at Canterbury Christ Church University, studying with the Maggini Quartet. She also studied privately with Levon Chilingirian and Bela Katona.

Before taking up her place as tutti first violin with the CBSO Amanda freelanced in and around London, including the Foyle Future Firsts apprenticeship scheme with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Within ten days of joining the orchestra Amanda went on tour to Taiwan and Japan which she says ‘was an amazing baptism of fire!’

When she’s not playing with the CBSO Amanda enjoys sailing, swimming in the sea and cuddles with her cat Chico.