Eunsley Park

Violinist

Eunsley’s Music Story

Eunsley grew up in Scotland. He mother was a piano teacher and she started violin and piano at a young age, at about 5 years old. A talent and passion for the violin though emerged quickly and it was suggested to her by her piano teacher to apply to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where her son had studied.

At the age of 10 Eunsley moved to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. This was a great experience, and very intense. She shared a room with 3 other girls who were also studying the violin. There would be 4 hours of individual tuition each week and lots of performances and group rehearsals. At the time, the school only had 60 students from aged 8-18, so it was a focused and intimate experience, which led to her studying at the Royal College of Music.

Attracted by the reputation of the Royal College of Music but also the London location, Eunsley flourished here and ended up staying for 8 years. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and held the position of Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music from 2016-2017. In addition, Eunsley completed an Artist Diploma course at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

While at the Royal College of Music she won various awards, including the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Award which she received upon graduation. She received Royal College of Music Foundation scholarships, including Henry Wood Awards, the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and the BMus Award. She has also won various other awards including 3rd prize of the Tunbridge Wells Young International Concert Artists Competition, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Performance Award, the Counter of Munster Award, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund/Philharmonia Meyer Award, the Albert Cooper Award, RCM “Rising Star”, and was a selected Park Lane Group Artist, Concordia Foundation Artist, Talent Unlimited Artist, and is a yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Performing has been her main focus. She has performed in most of the prestigious music venues in London like the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadagan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Orphica, Hanseatica Chamber Orchestra, and with the Romanian Radio Orchestra.

Eunsley now combines her solo activities with chamber music playing and orchestral work, as well as some teaching. She has toured and played with world-class orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and currently plays with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

"I always aim with my teaching to instil a love of music, as well as helping people focus and study to achieve their dreams."

What was the Royal College of Music like?

The teaching is obviously outstanding there and there is also a great emphasis on chamber music. It is also an inspiring place to be in London, close to the Royal Albert Hall.

Where would you suggest people buy a violin from?

There is a great shop in London called Stringers.

I was incredibly lucky as I was trying some violins at Beare’s in London and was offered the chance to play to an investor who had bought an amazing violin. I now play this violin, which is an 1800 Lorenzo Storioni violin, generously loaned by a patron of the Beare’s International Violin Society.

What age do you recommend starting to play the violin?

It does really help to start early. I started at 5 which I would still recommend.

So, what are you like as a teacher?

I like to have a fewer number of pupils that I work with closely. This means I can give them the attention and dedication needed to really help them succeed. I really enjoy working with those looking to get into music school or college.
I always aim with my teaching to instil a love of music, as well as helping people focus and study to achieve their dreams.

What has been your career highlight to date?

There have been many highlights, but I guess my performance at Wigmore Hall in London was a great experience, playing Schubert Sonatina in D by Franck
What violin pieces would you recommend people listen to, to inspire them to play?

The Mendelssohn Violin concerto is a brilliant piece!

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