Emily Davis

Emily Davis

Emily enjoys a vibrant and international career as an orchestral leader, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Based between the U.K. and Norway, she is the Concertmaster of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and is regularly invited internationally as a guest leader with orchestras, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. 

Emily has performed as a soloist in festivals and venues across the world. Memorable highlights include Arvo Pärt’s, ‘Fratres’ with conductor Vasily Petrenko at the Pärnu Festival in Estonia; Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons’ at the Bergen International Festival; the Cuban premiere of Vaughan Williams’s, ‘Lark Ascending’; Szymanowski’s Concerto No.2 with the Ålesund Symphony Orchestra (Norway) and both Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and Outcry Ensemble in London. She has broadcast live as a soloist on British (BBC), Estonian, Romanian, Cuban, Norwegian (NRK) and Irish (RTÉ) radio stations. For two years Emily was honoured to be selected as Concertmaster of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Emily is passionate about directing larger chamber ensembles from the violin and founded ‘Thirteen North’ with Co-Artistic Director Catriona Price. As an ensemble they have a unique influence of both classical and folk music, formed of musicians who are performers, composers and improvisers in their own right. They are driven to bring classical music out of concert halls and into the heart of communities around Scotland, working to access new audiences and help sustain the future of classical music.

As a director, other notable performances include leading an ensemble of young European and Cuban musicians for a live televised concert in Havana, directing a performance of Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Gothenburg Konserthuset as both director and soloist and directing the strings of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra at the Trondheim Kammer Fest.

Emily was a founding member of the Artesian String Quartet from 2009-2016. Her time with the group saw performances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Kings Place, as well as live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and the BBC Proms. Emily has also collaborated with notable artists including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Paul Lewis, Kian Soltani, Julian Rachlin and Lars Vogt.

Emily enjoys frequent invitations to play with some of the leading chamber orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Aurora Orchestra in London, the Scottish Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, frequently touring to inspiring venues across the world including Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and the Musikverein (Vienna). She is highly in demand as a guest principal with orchestras across the U.K. and Europe, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Emily is driven to share her wide ranging musical experiences. She is a former violin professor at St Mary’s specialist music school in Edinburgh and has delighted in being a senior violin tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra of GB. For three years running she has mentored promising young Italian students at the Ferrara Chamber Academy, and has taught many other youth ensembles across the U.K. and Norway. 

Emily plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano violin kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

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