Elizabeth Cooney

Elizabeth performs internationally and has played as soloist with Musica Vitae of Sweden, Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary, Slovenian Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland among others. She recorded Mozart’s Violin Concerto no.1 with the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Radio 3 and is laureate of international competitions including the Sion-Valais Violin Competition, Switzerland.

Having originally studied with Adrian Petcu in her native Cork in Ireland, she subsequently studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London where she obtained first class honours in her BMus and PGDip, won awards there including the Seymour Whinyates Prize for Strings and the Ian Stoutzker Award for Violin. She then became a Junior Fellow for two years at the RCM.

Elizabeth frequently performs with the English Chamber Orchestra (touring to Mexico, Europe and Siberia) as well as the dynamic Aurora Orchestra, performing symphonies by memory (BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and touring to Australia, Mexico and European festivals).

She was recently guest leader for the London based Arensky Chamber Orchestra and is a very keen chamber musician. She has performed in this capacity at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Weill Hall at Carnegie and enjoys performing the music of living composers – including recording a premiere of a piece for solo violin and electronics by Aleksandra Vrebalov and music by Mark Anthony-Turnage, Valentyn Silvestrov, Raymond Deane and Alexander Knaifel.

Now living in Farnham, Elizabeth is keen to collaborate with her talented colleagues as leader of the Farnham Sinfonia.

Elizabeth gives performances of music and readings in Farnham as the LitMus Trio with Graham Fawcett and pianist Grace Mo.