The English Symphony Orchestra has named UK–French violinist Esther Abrami as creative partner and artist in residence

Esther Abrami (credit - Gregor Hohenberg, Sony Classical)

Photo: Gregor Hohenberg, Sony Classical

Violinist Esther Abrami

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The English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has announced the appointment of UK–French violinist Esther Abrami as the ensemble’s creative partner and artist in residence.

Abrami will feature as a soloist across the ESO’s 2023-24 concert season and will join forces with the ESO Youth Programme to inspire the next generation of musical talent, working with young musicians over the age of five. 

Abrami was born in France and educated in the UK at Chetham’s School of Music and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London. She records for the Sony Classical label, for whom she released her debut album in 2022.

‘I am delighted to embark on this new relationship with the English Symphony Orchestra, both on the concert platform and through ESO’s Youth Programme,’ said Abrami. ‘As an artist, I am committed to bringing music to the widest possible audience.’ 

Kenneth Woods, the ESO’s artistic director and principal conductor, said: ‘Esther Abrami has been making waves with her ability to inspire and engage a new following in classical music, something that is at the heart of the English Symphony Orchestra’s work on the concert platform, in the recording studio, and through our work with hundreds of young people in our ESO Youth programme. We are excited to work with her in this new role.’ 

The ESO was founded in 1980 by British conductor William Boughton, and has a long history of collaboration with distinguished musicians including conductor Vernon Handley, cellist Steven Isserlis, violinists Daniel Hope and Nigel Kennedy, and violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.

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