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Olivia Francis

Young New Zealand violinist Olivia Francis is studying towards a Master of Performance with Berent Korfker at the Royal College of Music in London. She was first violinist of the Rothko Quartet, which toured the UK and Europe in 2013 as winner of the 2012 Pettman/ROSL ARTS International Scholarship for a Chamber Ensemble. Visiting England, Scotland, Malta, Germany, France and Luxembourg, the quartet performed concerts and studied with internationally renowned teachers including the Chilingirian and Kronos Quartets and faculty members of RAM, RCM and GSMD. Olivia has performed as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony, Nelson Symphony, Auckland Youth and Auckland Philharmonia orchestras. She has been concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth, Auckland Youth and University of Auckland Orchestras, and performed in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Competition successes include second prize in the PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year and best NZ String Player at the Gisborne International Music Competition. Olivia has studied with renowned teachers such as Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ida Kavafian, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Maciej Rakowski, Nicola Benedetti, Cho-Liang Lin, Nora Chastain, and Pinchas Zukerman at masterclasses and international summer programmes. These include the Morningside Music Bridge programme (Canada, Poland), Sommerakademie Cervo and Palazzo Ricci Masterclasses (Italy), Academie Musicale de Morges (Switzerland), the Lake District International Summer Music Academy (England), and the Malta Arts Festival. Olivia began learning the violin aged 7 and holds a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours) from the University of Auckland where she studied with Dimitri Atanassov. Olivia is an RCM Soiree d'Or Scholar supported by a George Stennett Award, and is also supported in her studies by the Anne Reid Memorial Trust, Dame Malvina Major Foundation, FAME Trust, George Turner Wilson Music Trust and the Les and Sonia Andrews Scholarship.

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