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William Melvin

First Violin

Member since 2014

‘My mum got me into music. I was on the LSO String Experience scheme, then a job opened up so I went for it!’

Born in 1988, William Melvin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 and 2012, having studied with Marianne Thorsen and Erich Gruenberg. During his time at RAM, William was a prize winner in the Wolfe Wolfinson competition and the Winifred Small Violin Prize, and toured with the RAM soloists, RAM Symphony and Julliard orchestras. He participated in masterclasses with world renowned violinists such as Thomas Brandis, Peter Schoeman and Maxim Vengerov.

As the Leader of the Bernadel Quartet, William has performed in all the major UK chamber music halls including Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place. He has participated on prestigious courses and masterclasses such as IMS Prussia Cove, West Cork Chamber music festival and Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. He has appeared as soloist in St Johns’ Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and LSO St Luke’s performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G, Mendelssohn E minor Concerto, Brahms’ Double Concerto and Saint-Saëns Concerto in B minor.