A champion of music of various genres, Marie Schreer joins the orchestra as its new second violin section leader


Marie Schreer © Bill Lam/ The The Hallé

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The Hallé has announced the appointment of German violinist Marie Schreer as its new section leader of the second violins.

’So happy to finally be able to share the news that I have been appointed as section leader of The Hallé’s wonderful second violins,’ said Schreer on social media. ’Very much looking forward to this new chapter and spending some of my time in the ever-radiant city of Manchester!’

Schreer grew up in Southern Germany where she started learning the violin aged three with Ute Frenzel-Yildiz. She later moved to London to continue her studies with Berent Korfker, Daniel Rowland and Yuri Zhislin (viola) at the Royal College of Music and with Krzysztof Smietana and David Dolan (classical improvisation) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a Concert Recital Diploma, awarded for an outstanding final recital.

Schreer has performed throughout Europe, South America and Asia and features on dozens of records from across a broad range of genres. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has had over 40 new works written for her and has recorded and collaborated with the likes of Lars Vogt, Julian Rachlin, John Williams (guitar), Evan Parker, Jonny Greenwood and Stewart Copeland.

She is on the artistic board of the Riot Ensemble, is a member of rarescale and co-founded violin duo Mainly Two as well as The Guastalla Quartet, with whom she won ‘Best Album’ at the 2020 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As well as serving as second violin section leader of the Hallé, she is in demand as a chamber musician and as guest principal player with ensembles throughout the UK. Schreer was previously a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

She is co-founder of the record label Turquoise Coconut which releases new music of various genres, curates two collaboration series and runs a podcast.

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