KRISTEN NIELSEN
Leader

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Kristen is originally from South London, where she attended Trinity School as a music and academic scholar. During her time there, she was Music Captain for the school and took an active role in extra-curricular music; developing a particular interest in chamber music and taking part in the Pro-Corda Chamber Music Festival as leader of the ‘Nielsen Quartet’, which also toured to Venice and performed at the Benedetto Marcello Venice Music Conservatory.  

 

In addition, Kristen has been a member of Bromley Youth Music Trust: leading the Chamber Orchestra as well as ‘co-leading’ the Symphony Orchestra. She has especially enjoyed leading the Chamber Orchestra at the National Music Festival in Birmingham, as well as the ‘Music For Youth’ annual concert at the Royal Albert Hall. A particular highlight for Kristen was leading Mendelssohn’s String Octet in Eb major on tour in Slovakia in 2016. She has also toured to France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia. Initially taught by Rosalind Killpack, Kristen has also studied with Emanuela Buta.  

 

Kristen has just completed her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Manchester, where Gemma Bass was her teacher. In this time, she has enjoyed participating in the University’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and was a member of the ‘ELKA’ quartet. She highly enjoyed playing in the University’s Production of Judith Weir’s Armida. As well as playing the violin, Kristen enjoys playing the piano and was invited to Amsterdam as both a violin and piano soloist in 2014. Kristen has a love for singing and has performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and was a member of the auditioned ‘Cosmo Singers’ at the University of Manchester. She also has enjoyed volunteering at ‘Special Virtuosi’, a music-making group for children and adults with additional needs, and hopes that she can continue this in the coming years. Having now graduated with a first-class honours degree, Kristen now looks forward to continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, with the eventual goal of a career in performance.