Gillian Findlay

Professorial Staff - Violin


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

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Strings Department
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Gillian Findlay was born in Glasgow. At 16, she won the open scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Trevor Williams. Whilst there, she won all but one of the violin and chamber music prizes. She was awarded the Principal's Prize for her Recital Diploma. She also played in masterclasses for Sándor Végh and was a finalist in the Emily Anderson competition. Gillian was awarded the Sir James Caird and Countess of Munster scholarships, which enabled her to study for a further four years at Indiana University with Franco Gulli. There, she gave many recitals and participated in masterclasses with Josef Gingold, János Starker, György Sebők and Menahem Pressler. During the summer vacations, she played with the English Chamber Orchestra. Gillian returned to London in 1980 and joined the London Symphony Orchestra with whom she toured the world playing at all the major festivals and concert halls under the batons of conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel and André Previn. In 1981, she won the Sascha Lasserson Violin Competition, which led to many recitals and concerto performances. Gillian has played in most of the major symphony and chamber orchestras of London and has been invited as a guest to lead many orchestras at home and abroad including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the English National Ballet and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. In the recording studio, she has played many film scores such as the original Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark with composers such as John Williams, George Fenton, Elmer Bernstein and James Horner. On the lighter side, she has played and recorded with performers such as Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney and the Three Tenors, Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. Gillian is on the professorial staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, teaches at the North East of Scotland Music School and also has a private practice. She has appeared as a soloist in many of London's venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and the Fairfield Halls and is a frequent soloist with the London Octave. She is the leader of the British Concert Orchestra. She has a violin and harp duo known as Cavatina and is a founder member of the Tzigane Piano Trio, established in 1988.