Introducing Apprentice Competition Winner, Emily Pond

The Edinburgh Quartet are delighted to introduce the Apprentice competition winner, Emily Pond,  who will be joining them on their summer tour for a stunning performance of Dvořák’s Quintet Op 97.

Emily Pond

Emily Pond

Emily studies with Martin Outram at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree. Although Emily has appeared as principal violist of the Royal Academy Opera and Chamber Orchestras, her main passion lies in string quartet playing, being violist of The Fitzroy Quartet.

As a soloist Emily won the 2014 RNCM Viola Competition and has taken part in masterclasses with violists Garth Knox, Lawrence Power, Thomas Riebl and Nobuko Imai and has also performed in the BBC Proms, Aldeborough Music and Edinburgh Fringe Music Festivals. She was also invited to be an ‘Artist in Residence’ in the Cantiere International d’Arte di Montepulciano (Italy) in 2013/2014 where she gave recitals with leading musicians from across Europe.

About the Apprentice Competition:

Back in April, thirteen successful applicants had the opportunity to play in place of a player from the Edinburgh Quartet on the concert platform. The competition was created by the Quartet in order to support talented young musicians at the beginning of their career. The standard was extremely high, making it difficult for them to reach a decision and consequently two winners were chosen as the Apprentices 2016:  Emily Pond and Morag Robertson, both viola players. These are two rising stars you won’t want to miss! The EQ can’t wait to introduce Emily this summer, and have Morag join them for one of their performance projects later in the season. The Apprentice competition is supported by Creative Scotland.