Criticaleye sponsors the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We are delighted to announce that Criticaleye is sponsoring Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) Leader, Clio Gould.


Clio Gould enjoys a varied career as a violinist, and performs as soloist, director and leader throughout Britain and Europe.

She made her BBC Proms concerto debut in 1999 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and has made concerto appearances with the London Sinfonietta, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In 2002, Clio was appointed leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the first female leader of a symphony orchestra in London. She held the position of Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble from 1993 to 2005 and was principal violin of the London Sinfonietta from 1996 to 2010.

As a leading exponent in the performance of contemporary solo repertoire, Clio has worked with many prominent composers. UK premieres she has given include John Adams’ Road Movies for violin and piano, David Horne’s Double Violin Concerto and Anthèmes II for violin and live electronics by Pierre Boulez at the South Bank’s celebration of the composers 75th Birthday. Clio gave the UK premiere performance of Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the 2003 Aldeburgh Festival and has since performed the concerto with the Hallé as well as in Japan, Finland, Sweden and Budapest.


Clio plays the Rutson Stradivarius of 1694, which has generously been lent to her by the Royal Academy of Music where she regularly directs the Royal Academy Soloists. In 1999 she was awarded an Hon RAM.

Click here for listings of forthcoming Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.


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