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Duncan Commin - Viola

Biography

Being a strong advocate of the viola as a solo instrument Duncan has appeared as a soloist with orchestra upon several occasions as well as giving solo recitals in venues throughout the South East and London. He has participated in master-classes with (among others) Ida Bryhn, Simon Rowland Jones and Maxim Rysanov.

As a chamber musician Duncan was resident at the Young Virtuosi festival in 2014. In 2015 Duncan played in a quartet live on BBC radio three as part of the BBC proms launch and in February 2015 had the privilege of playing viola in Mendelssohn’s octet to the Duchess of Cornwall in Clarence House.

For 3 years Duncan was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and in his final year was co-principal viola. As well as the NYO Duncan has played in professional orchestras throughout the UK. He has played under the direction of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Ed Gardner and Vasily Petrenko. His orchestral playing has taken him to many great concert halls which, among others, include Cadogan Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Born in 1997 Duncan started to play the viola at the age of 8 and since September 2015 has been studying at the Royal College of Music with Yuri Zhislin.

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updated April 2016