Diana Cummings


Professorial Staff - Violin

Area of work

Strings Department

Contact details


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Diana is one of the most distinguished violinists in Great Britain, her career spanning a wide spectrum of musical activities. After winning prizes in the International Competition ‘Nicolò Paganini’ and the International Violin Competition ‘A. Curci’, she developed a busy international career as a recitalist and a concerto soloist, playing an extensive repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary. She gave the first performance in Finland of the Violin Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davis, and is dedicated to the promotion and performance of new works.

As leader of the Cummings String Trio and the English String Quartet, Diana has performed widely both nationally and internationally. The English String Quartet was also the resident ensemble of the London Festival of Chamber Music, a month-long event which during the course of 13 consecutive years (1995 – 2007) gave over 200 concerts, bringing an extensive repertoire of both familiar and rarely heard works to audiences London wide.

With regard to orchestral work, Diana has guest led the London Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Halle Orchestra, and has played with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. With the London Bach Orchestra, she performed several times the complete concerto repertoire of Bach at London's South Bank, and she was leader and soloist of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. She is the leader of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, often appearing as soloist.

In all these capacities Diana has broadcast frequently, and has made many recordings for major labels.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Royal Academy of Music, London; further studies with Remy Principe in Rome and Louis Persinger in New York.

Teaching Experience

Diana has been a Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance since 1994. She is also a Professor and Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, where as part of her work she is the Specialist for the LRAM Teaching Diploma.

External appointments

Violin coach of the National Youth String Orchestra. Frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops, and to participate as adjudicator, panel and jury member at Competitions and Festivals both nationally and internationally.

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