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Elizabeth Winters - Principal Viola

Elizabeth Winters - Principal Viola

26 October 2011

Elizabeth Winters studied viola, piano and recorder at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and subsequently continued her viola studies on the undergraduate course.  However, an injury to her left hand led her to focus on composition.  After gaining her MMus in Composition with Distinction from Goldsmiths’ College, she studied with Judith Bingham and Kenneth Hesketh.  She has also worked with Julian Anderson, John Casken (Lake District Summer Music Composer Residency) and Colin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi and Oliver Knussen (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme).

Elizabeth has since established herself in the UK as one of the leading composers of the younger generation.  Her music is regularly performed throughout the UK, has been released on CD and several works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  Elizabeth won a British Composer Award (2009, Making Music Category) for her orchestral piece The Serious Side of Madness. Other competition successes include first prizes in the Liverpool Capital of Culture New Composer Competition (2008) and the Orion Orchestra Composer Competition (2015). 

After a 15-year break, Elizabeth is enjoying returning to the viola and rediscovering what it’s like to play music rather than just write it!   She is married to the FSO Principal Clarinet, Nathan Winters, and they have a son, Edward, born in March 2015.  As well as trying to find the time to compose with a toddler on the loose, Elizabeth also teaches piano, viola, recorder, theory and composition. 

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FSO Recordings by Farnborough Symphony Orchestra

  1. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 1)
  2. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 2)
  3. Khatchaturian - Adagio from Spartacus (excerpt)
  4. Brahms - Variations on a theme by Haydn (excerpt)
  5. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 1st movement (excerpt)
  6. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 2nd movement (excerpt)
  7. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 3rd movement (excerpt)
  8. Dvorak - Slavonic Dance
  9. Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite
  10. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Waltz
  11. Unknown - String Quartet Piece