Until December 2022 Lowri was Co-Leader of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Joining in 2005, she enjoyed a long, distinguished and rewarding career with WNO, regularly appearing as Leader of the Orchestra. Whilst at WNO she made guest appearances as Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, Co-Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Principal 2nd of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras. Before joining WNO, she was Principal 2nd Violin of Northern Ballet Theatre, also playing regularly with the Scottish Ensemble.
Aside from her orchestral work, Lowri is a passionate chamber musician, co-founding both the Ceridwen Quartet and the Zoltan Ensemble. She was invited to play at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival by the Gould Piano Trio in 2016 and the same year gave a recital at St David’s Hall in Cardiff as part of their lunchtime series. She regularly appears as a soloist with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra.
Lowri is a dedicated member of the teaching staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is passionate not only about students’ musical development but also in helping them develop their non-playing abilities. In 2020 she gained a distinction on completion of her Masters course at the Royal College of Music studying Performance Science, covering subjects including performance psychology, performance education and musicians’ health and wellbeing. She also trained as a coach through the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, achieving her Practitioner award through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) in 2022. She now runs a series of seminars for the RWCMD postgraduate pathway orchestral specialists covering psychological, emotional and social skills.
Born in Cardiff in 1977, Lowri read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before studying with Howard Davis and Marianne Thorsen at the Royal Academy of Music. During her time at the Academy Lowri was awarded the DipRAM prize and led the European Union Youth Orchestra. She was recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her achievements. She plays on a Testore violin.
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