String Experience

Established in 1992, the LSO String Experience scheme enables young string players at the start of their professional careers to gain work experience by playing in rehearsals and concerts with the LSO.

The scheme auditions students from the London music conservatoires: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, and around 15 students per year are selected to participate in the scheme. Participants are treated as professional 'extra' players (additional to LSO members) and receive fees for their work in line with LSO section players. The scheme presents an invaluable opportunity to tap into the knowledge of the LSO musicians and make long-lasting contacts.

String Experience: Participants and mentors 

Player Mentors

Maxine Kwok (first violins)
Iwona Muszynska (second violins)
Robert Turner (violas)
Eve-Marie Caravassilis (cellos)
Tom Goodman (double basses)

2021/22 Participants

Violin
Mitzi Gardner: Royal Academy of Music
June Lee: Royal College of Music
Yuriko Matsuda: Guildhall School
Joonas Pekonen: Guildhall School

Viola
Sally Belcher: Guildhall School
Annie-May Page: Royal Academy of Music

Cello
Silvestrs Kalniņš: Royal College of Music
Pingping Zhang: Royal Academy of Music

Bass
Lon Fon Law: Royal Academy of Music
Yat Hei Lee: Guildhall School

How to apply

If you are a string player at a London music college, please speak to a member of your faculty staff.

Auditions for 2022/23 will take place at the start of the autumn 2022 term following coaching sessions with LSO musicians to help with certain aspects of the audition repertoire.


The LSO String Experience Scheme is generously supported by the Idlewild Trust, Thriplow Charitable Trust and Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust.

Young cellists