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 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

String Experience 2018/19: Participants and mentors 

Player Mentors

Maxine Kwok-Adams (first violins)
Sarah Quinn (second violins)
Robert Turner (violas)
Hilary Jones (cellos)
Tom Goodman (double basses)

2018/19 Participants

Violin
Harriet Haynes (Guildhall School)
Madeleine Pickering (Royal Academy of Music)
David Shaw (Royal Academy of Music)
Kumi Shimizu (Royal Academy of Music)
Zachary Spontak (Royal College of Music)
Emily Turkanik (Royal College of Music)

Viola
Luca Casciato (Guildhall School)
Julie Park (Royal Academy of Music)
Agnieszka Zyniewicz (Guildhall School)

Cello
Yan Yan Lin (Royal Academy of Music)
Benjamin Tarlton (Guildhall School)
Tamaki Sugimoto (Royal College of Music)

Bass
Piotr Hetman (Guildhall School)
Gyunam Kim (Royal Academy of Music)
Philip Nelson (Royal College of Music)

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 2019/20 will take place at the start of the autumn 2019 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 Polonsky Foundation, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Derek Hill Foundation and Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation.

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