Louise Lansdown - Viola
Head of Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire
Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, after holding the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 2001-2012. She has also held part-time teaching positions at the University of Manchester and Chetham’s School of Music and has numerous past viola students working in orchestras, chamber music groups and in teaching positions across the world.
As a member of the Yeomans Quartet at the RNCM from 1998-2001, Louise gave recitals around the UK, Europe, Russia, Germany and South Africa, as well as recording Haydn and Sullivan quartets.
She actively conducts recruitment for Birmingham Conservatoire across the world and has recently made trips to China, Poland, Germany, South Africa, amongst several other countries and is the founder of a major Outreach and Education Project with Birmingham Conservatoire in collaboration with MIAGI, Soweto which begins this year.
The Assistant Artistic Director of Pro Corda and Director of the Conservatoire Chamber Music and Viola Courses, Louise is also the founder and President of the British Viola Society.
Louise was a member of the jury for the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007 and International Beethoven Viola Competition held in Hradec, Czech Republic in 2012.
Louise plays on a French instrument made around 1750, previously belonging to Eric Rycroft and Cecil Aronowitz (first Head of Strings at the RNCM).
Currently a member of the Manchester based Pleyel Ensemble, Louise also plays in several ad hoc chamber music ensembles across the UK.