composer from Auckland, Victoria, New Zealand who attended the Auckland
School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,
England, from whence she graduated in 2004.
She became Principal
Cello with Opera North in 2005 and has also acted as Guest Principal Cello
with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Lancashire Sinfonietta,
the Northern Sinfonia, the Philharmonia
Orchestra of London,
and Scottish Opera. Other groups
with whom she has worked include The Barbirolli String
Quartet, the Groves Piano Trio, Radius, and The Stillman
Quartet, and The Tintagel Ensemble.
For more intimate programs, she has collaborated with pianists, Sam
Armstrong, Paul Guinery, Marisa Gupta, and Ben
In 2008, she won the
Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition. Her program consisted of “Sonata
No. 5” by Luigi Boccherini, “Cello Sonata” by Claude
Debussy, and “Adagio in A flat” by Robert Schumann.
She made her debut at
the Purcell Room in London,
8th January 2009, with “Atta” by Lyell Cresswell, “Figura V/Assonanza” by Matthias Pintscher,
and a “Sequenza” by Luciano Berio.
April 2010, she helped premiere Ian Vine’s “perfect objects”
with flautist Jennifer George, clarinetist Sarah Watts, and violinist Julia
Rumley, at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
Her own compositions
include “City”, that was performed by the Royal Northern
College of Music Symphony Orchestra and a string quartet that was premiered
at the Sonic Skylines Festival in 2006.
She participated in
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms in Derngate, Northampton,
on 12th June 2011.
The program, conducted by Stephen Bell, featured guest soprano
Rebecca Bottone singing Antonin
Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon”, Giacomo Puccini’s
“O mio babbino caro”, and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Sempre libera”, and Thomas
Arne’s “Rule, Brittania!”. Victoria shone in particular on Henry
Wood’s “British Sea Songs:
Tom Bowling and the Hornpipe”.
In addition to her
busy performing schedule, which has only been touched on here, Victoria has tutored
at the Leeds College of Music and continues to teach the next generation of