Lily Francis

Violin
Viola

Biography

Lily Francis is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading violinist/violists today. Recently one of the top prizewinners at the 2009 ARD Music Competition (Violin) in Munich, she has performed with several of the leading orchestras in Germany, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra. She made her Weill Recital Hall debut in New York in May 2008 on the Distinctive Debuts series, and plays both violin and viola regularly in the USA, and throughout Europe. A consummate chamber musician, Ms. Francis was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two program from 2006-09, which presented her in concerts in Alice Tully Hall and other notable NY venues. She has toured the USA with the Chamber Society, as well as several Musicians From Marlboro programs. As the newest member of the critically-acclaimed Aronowitz Ensemble, she performs throughout the UK, including appearances at Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh. This season sees her performing as a concermaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, teaching students at Mit Musik Miteinander in Kronberg, Germany, and guest-leading the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Recent festival appearances have included the Lockenhaus Festival, Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte, Marlboro Music, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg, Hatfield House, and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Ms. Francis has collaborated with many of the leading musicians of our time, including Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Arnold Steinhardt, Kim Kashkashian, and Peter Wiley, as well as several artists of other disciplines. As the violist of the Vertigo String Quartet, she recorded the score to Michael Hollinger’s award-winning play Opus, which began in Philadelphia, played in New York, and is currently touring the USA. Ms. Francis’ violin-playing hands were featured in Doug Aitken’s art-film Sleepwalkers, which was projected onto an outer wall of MoMA in New York City. She has also collaborated with the Boston Ballet School and the Rock School of Dance on choreographed pieces about Bach.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute and New England Conservatory, Ms. Francis studied with Joseph Silverstein and Miriam Fried. Other teachers have included Philip Setzer, Brian Lewis, and Teri Einfeldt, Steve Tenenbom, and Gerhard Schulz. She plays an 1846 Pierre Silvestre violin and a 2004 Marco Coppiardi viola.