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 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.
2016/17 String Experience students, mentors and staff
Maxine Kwok-Adams (first violins)
Sarah Quinn (second violins)
Robert Turner (violas)
Hilary Jones (cellos)
Tom Goodman (double basses)
Naoka Aoki (Royal Academy of Music)
Emmanuel Bach (Royal College of Music)
Rosa Hartley (Royal College of Music)
Andre Gaio Pereira (Royal Academy of Music)
Lyrit Milgram (Guildhall School)
Jin Wook Suk (Royal Academy of Music)
Ting-Ru Lai (Guildhall School)
Zhenwei Shi (Royal Academy of Music)
Sofia Silva Sousa (Royal Academy of Music)
Margarita Balanas (Royal Academy of Music)
Yaroslava Trofymchuk (Royal College of Music)
Jingzhuo Zhang (Royal Academy of Music)
Emre Ersahin (Royal Academy of Music)
Salvador Morera Ortells (Royal Academy of Music)
Jose Moreira (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 2017/18 will take place at the start of the autumn 2017 term following coaching sessions with LSO musicians to help with certain aspects of the audition repertoire.
LSO String Experience Scheme is supported by Help Musicians UK, Fidelio Charitable Trust, N Smith Charitable Settlement and LSO Patrons.