Diana Cummings

Diana is one of the most distinguished violinists in Great Britain, her career spanning a wide spectrum of musical activities. Born in London, she studied with David Martin at the Academy, with Remy Principe in Rome and Louis Persinger in New York . After winning prizes in the International Competition ‘Nicolò Paganini’ and the International Violin Competition ‘A. Curci’, she  developed a busy international solo career as a recitalist and concerto soloist, playing an extensive repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary. She gave the first performance in Finland of the Violin Concerto by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and is dedicated  to the promotion and performance of  new works.

As leader of the Cummings String Trio and the English String Quartet Diana has performed widely both nationally and internationally.  The English String Quartet was also the resident ensemble of the London Festival of Chamber Music, a month-long event which during the course of thirteen consecutive years (1995–2007) gave over 200 concerts, bringing an extensive repertoire of both familiar and rarely heard works to audiences London-wide.

Orchestrally, Diana has guest-led the London Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Halle Orchestra, and has played with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. With the London Bach Orchestra she performed several times the complete concerto repertoire of Bach at London’s South Bank, and she was leader and soloist of the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

In all these capacities Diana has broadcast frequently, and has made many recordings for  major labels.

Diana is a Fellow and professor at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is also the specialist for the LRAM Teaching Diploma. She is also a professor at TrinityLaban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. She is violin coach of the National Youth String Orchestra. She is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops, and to participate as adjudicator and jury member at competitions and festivals both nationally and internationally.

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