Violinist Katie Stillman will take up the role in August 2024

Katie Stillman 2 © Alejandro Tamagno

Violinist Katie Stillman © Alejandro Tamagno

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The Leeds-based opera company Opera North has announced the apppointment of violinist Katie Stillman as the new leader of its orchestra, effective from August. She replaces David Greed, who will step down after 40 years with the company.

’I am thrilled to be joining the Orchestra of Opera North as leader,’ commented Stillman. ’Over the past few years, I have been excited by the energy, imagination and musicianship of the amazing players, singers and conductors in this company.

’The versatility of the orchestra, ranging from its incredible concerts on the stage, in the pit, in schools and for families is remarkable, and I can’t wait to get to know the audiences.’

Stillman states that she received her first orchestral work with Opera North while studying in Manchester and names Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mozart’s The Magic Flute as future highlights.

Following an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader, Stillman is currently first violinist with the Villiers Quartet. During the past season, she has directed performances with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Manchester Camerata, and Northern Chamber Orchestra, as well as serving as guest leader with Opera North for several productions. She has performed recitals throughout the UK at venues including the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall.

As an educator, Stillman has performed regularly in the Bach to Baby concert series for children, and has taught at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), where she completed her own studies.

’I’m delighted that Katie is joining the orchestra as leader, commented Garry Walker, Opera North music director. ’We have known each other for many years, indeed since our time at the RNCM, and I know that she will bring so much to us as an orchestra and as a company.’

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