Janice Graham (violin)
Leader and soloist
Janice Graham has been teaching at the London Conservatoires for 25 years. She was a professor at the Royal College of Music from 1995-2010 and is currently a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Janice enjoys all aspects of teaching and has extensive experience of preparing students for orchestral auditions.She has a comprehensive knowledge of required excerpts in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire.
Janice has been the Leader of English Sinfonia since 1995 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2005. For 13 years she was Leader of the ENO orchestra and with them performed Meditation at Kenwood. Notable Opera productions include Jenufa, Rosenkavelier and Lulu. Her collaboration with Chris Hopkins at ENO led to her performing the Berg, Beethoven and Walton violin concertos with the Orchestra of the City in St James's Piccadilly.
Whilst Leader of BBC National Orchestra of Wales her solo appearances on radio 3 included the Britten, Neilson and Mendelssohn concertos, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and the Lark Ascending.
As Assistant Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra she took part in their Barbican chamber series appearing with Andre Previn and Yuri Bashmet. She has also appeared as guest leader of most of the UK’s orchestras. Her solo recordings include Dochnanyi’s second violin concerto (ASV) Delius first and second violin sonatas and Walton sonata (EMI) and Holst song of the night and double violin concerto ( Naxos)
Janice studied at the Purcell School and at GSMD with David Takeno. She was the Gold medal winner of the LSO/Shell competition, won the string prize of the Royal Overseas League Competition and was awarded English Speaking Union and Julius Iserlis scholarships to study at the Juilliard with Glenn Dicterow.
She is also a Governor of the Purcell School.
Hear Janice performing Gustav Holst's 'Song of the Night' here
Janice has been my violin professor for over two years now and I feel very privileged to be continuing to learn from her. She has always been an extremely encouraging teacher who understands my needs as a student and has massively helped me grow in confidence. Her technical and musical command of the instrument is a constant form of inspiration and I thoroughly enjoy every lesson with her. - Emma