British violist Rosalind Ventris performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and Europe, at venues such as the Emilia Romagna Festival (Italy), Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, and Bridgewater Hall. Last season she gave recitals at the Slovak Philharmonic (Bratislava), Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal Amsterdam, St Martin in the Fields, and Aldeburgh Festival. In 2014/2015 she performs at the Wigmore Hall as part of a Viola Day with Tabea Zimmermann, Garth Knox, Antoine Tamestit and Thomas Hoppe, Brighton Festival, Lichfield Festival, Lauenen Chamber Concerts (Switzerland) and is an artist in residence at the Banff Centre.
Since she made her concerto debut at St.John’s Smith Square in 2007 playing Hindemith’s Concerto ‘Der Schwanendreher’ with the Purcell Chamber Orchestra, Rosalind has frequently appeared as a concerto soloist, performing works including Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, Bruch's Double Concerto (with Thomas Gould, violin), and the viola concerti by York Bowen, Walton, Bartok, and Telemann. Rosalind has given a number of world premieres, in particular by British composer Edwin Roxburgh: in 2011 Monologue for solo viola at the Royal Festival Hall, and the Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Purcell Room. In 2012 she gave the world premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s Ricercare at her Kirckman Concert Society recital at the Wigmore Hall.
A keen chamber musician, Rosalind took part in the IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary/ Sandor Vegh Centenary celebrations in a group led by Gerhard Schultz (Alban Berg String Quartet) at the Salzburg Festival in 2012, and performed in the IMS Prussia Cove Tour in 2013: their concert a St.George's Bristol was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January of this year.
Rosalind is a member of Trio Anima with Anneke Hodnett (harp) and Matthew Featherstone (flute - principal of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.) She has also played with ensembles such as the Benedetti-Grynuk-Elschenbroich Trio, London Conchord Ensemble, London International Players, and the Dante and Endellion String Quartets. She will perform with the Arcanto Quartett and the Aronowitz Ensemble in forthcoming concerts.
Rosalind studied with David Takeno whilst reading Music at Corpus Christi College Cambridge (where she won all the available prizes for musical performance) and continued to learn with Professor Takeno as a postgraduate and Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She received awards from the Countess of Munster Trust (Recital Scheme Artist 2011-2013, and Wigmore Hall Monday Platform performer 2011), Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Hattori Foundation, and was a Leverhulme, Worshipful Company of Drapers, Brian George Coker, and Stanley Picker Trust Scholar. Rosalind has participated in masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Roberto Diaz, Steve Dann, Ferenc Rados, Thomas Riebl, Hartmut Rohde, Barbara Westphal and Kim Kashkashian.
As a duo with pianist Lara Dodds-Eden she has taken classes with Menahem Pressler at the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh and with Steven Isserlis, David Waterman, and Rita Wagner at IMS Prussia Cove.
At the age of 17, Rosalind received the Gwynne Edwards Memorial Prize and the EUCO Prize at the 2006 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, subsequently performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the EUCO and Tasmin Little. She won the Max & Peggy Morgan Prize at the Guildhall School, and received five prizes, including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize, at the 2013 Tertis Competition. Rosalind is currently studying with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, Boston.