Rebecca Gilliver, cello

Rebecca Gilliver is principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Originally joining the LSO in 2001 as co-principal, she won the principal job in 2009. She has also played as guest principal with orchestras all over the world, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, and the World Orchestra for Peace.

Rebecca studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Melissa Phelps and William Pleeth and the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) with Moray Welsh and Ralph Kirshbaum. Success in national and international competitions such as the Pierre Fournier Award and East-West Artists led to critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall, New York. Rebecca has performed in major music festivals such as Bath, Bergen, and the Manchester International Cello Festival, and as soloist with the Halle and the London Mozart Players.

A keen chamber musician, she has collaborated with international artists including Nikolaj Znaider, Sarah Chang, and Roger Vignoles with whom she recorded for BBC Radio 3. She is a regular participant at International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove and a guest with the Nash Ensemble, and is featured on their latest CD. Rebecca is committed to teaching and has recently become a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She teaches masterclasses at the Royal Academy, the RNCM and Birmingham Conservatoire and coaches as a mentor for Future Talent, a charity encouraging young musicians from low-income backgrounds.