Hello Ellen!

We’re so excited to work with fabulous soloist Ellen Baumring-Gledhill!

Ellen is a 20-year-old cellist from London. She was the only cellist to reach the Strings Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2020 and in the same year she won Junior Guildhall’s Lutine Prize, their most prestigious award, at the Milton Court Concert Hall competition final. 

She is currently a Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Felix Schmidt and at the end of her first year she was awarded the Katie Thomas Memorial Prize and the Rhoda Butt Award for her achievement and contribution to the Academy.

She began learning the cello at the age of 5 with her uncle Dr Oliver Gledhill, continuing to study with him at Junior Guildhall as the D’Addario Strings Cello Scholar. During her time there, she was a prize winner in their Charlton House Young Artists Awards competition 2018, was chosen to represent Junior Guildhall at the London Cello Society’s Cello Power Event 2020 and at the end of her final year she was awarded the Principal’s Prize.

Other awards include the 2016 national Emunah Young Musician title as well as Most Promising String Player at Hatfield and Southend Music Festivals. She was a Gold Award winner at the New Talent British International Youth Music Competition in 2018 and 2020 and Senior Solo winner at the Spring Grove Music Festival in 2019.

Ellen has participated in masterclasses with Maria Kliegel in Germany (2018), Miklós Perenyi in Austria (2019), Phillipe Muller in France (2019), Gary Hoffman online in Ireland (2020) and Marc Coppey in France (2022). She was awarded a major Scholarship to take part in the Virtual Summer Cello Festival in 2020 and 2021 which included masterclasses with Colin Carr, Gary Hoffman, Marcy Rosen and Johannes Moser. In 2018 Ellen attended the Curtis Institute’s Young Artists Summer Program in Philadelphia, USA.

A keen chamber musician, Ellen is a member of the Regency String Quartet together with other undergraduate students from the Royal Academy of Music. After only one month of playing together, in October 2021 the quartet were selected by competition for The Frost Trust Advanced Specialist Strings Ensemble Training (A.S.S.E.T) and are coached and mentored by the Doric Quartet. In 2022 they gave recitals at the Royal Academy of Music, St James’s Piccadilly and as part of the Mill Hill Music Festival.

Ellen’s recent solo performances include a recital in Warwick playing Grieg and Schubert ‘Arpeggione’ Sonatas in September 2021 and the Elgar Cello Concerto with the North London Sinfonia in March 2022. Following this, Ellen was invited to play in a masterclass with Robert Cohen as part of a joint event between the Royal Academy of Music and the Elgar Society.

In November 2022, she will record and perform a piece written for solo cello as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘200 Pieces’ Bicentenary Project and in March 2023 she will play the Lalo Concerto with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at Milton Court.   

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