Louise Lansdown Viola

Louise Lansdown is Senior Lecturer in the School of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and holds part-time teaching positions at the University of Manchester and Junior RNCM. She has been involved with Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, since 1999, teaching on the Intermediate, North, Primary and Junior Courses, and Directing the former from 2005-2008. Louise was appointed Director of Chamber Music at Pro Corda as well as both the Senior and North courses in 2008.

Louise is the founder and President of the English Viola Society, started in September 2007, and was appointed Acting Vice-President of the International Viola Society in July 2009 during the 37th International Viola Congress held in South Africa. Louise has attended international viola congresses in Glasgow, Kronberg, Iceland and performed and delivered papers at congresses in Adelaide (2007), Arizona (2008) and South Africa (2009). Louise was also a member of the jury for the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007. Louise is the Artistic director of the annual RNCM Viola Day.

Louise’s greatest musical influences have been Jack de Wet, Eric Rycroft, Lamar Crowson, Alan George, Thomas Riebl, Christopher Rowland, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, members of the Ysaye Quartet and Milan Skampa. She holds a B. Mus, B. Mus (Hons) (with distinction in Performance) and M. Mus from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 1998 Louise was awarded the ABRSM Overseas Scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 1999, Master of Music in Performance and Teacher’s Licentiate in 2000, all with Distinction in Performance. In 2000 she was also awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM along with the Rachel Godlee Prize for Viola. Louise was a member of the Yeomans Quartet at the RNCM from 1998-2001, giving recitals around the UK, Europe and South Africa, as well as recording Haydn and Sullivan quartets. She has been closely involved with the annual RNCM Chamber Music Festivals, founded by the late Dr. Christopher Rowland in 1999, performing and helping to oversee performances of the complete chamber music of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich, 20th century quartets and many more. She is an avid chamber musician and performs in every spare moment!

Louise was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2008 with the title: ‘The Young Paul Hindemith: Life, Works, Relationships, Influences and Musical Activities until 1922.‘ She plays on a French instrument made around 1750, previously belonging to Cecil Aronowitz (first Head of Strings at the RNCM). Louise has had several articles published on Cecil Aronowitz and Paul Hindemith in the International Viola Society, American Viola Society, South Africa Viola Society, English Viola Society and Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Journals, as well as the STRAD magazine (2009) and the Hindemith Year Book (2010).