Violinist Charlotte Schnurr is in her final year at Chetham’s. She was leader of the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at their October 2014 concerts, and is a very keen chamber musician.
At the Chetham’s Showcase concert she will perform:
Claude Debussy – Violin Sonata in G minor
Gabriel Fauré – Berceuse
Charlotte is 17 years old and lives in Antwerpen, Belgium. She first started playing violin when she was 6 years old with a teacher at the Conservatoire of Antwerp, after being inspired by violinists Hilary Hahn and Anne Sophie Mutter. She joined Chetham’s in 2007 and studies with Ben Holland.
She performs regularly in the lunchtime concerts in solo or chamber works, playing in quartet, quintet, octet and sextet, having masterclasses with Simone Fontanelli, Pavel Fisher, Matthew Denton and Christoph Richter. She was chosen to represent the school on exchanges to Jersey and Amsterdam with chamber music groups and to play at private concerts for sponsors of the school. Last year, Charlotte played Brahms Sextet in Norway, with string players from the Barrett Due Institute of Music in Oslo, and Brahms Piano Quintet at the 2014 Windsor Festival. This year her chamber music group was invited to play at the John Ireland Library in Manchester for a WW1 Commemoration Service. Her Quartet is currently focusing on Smetana’s From My Life, as well as Busch Saxophone Quintet.
She took part in the German competition Jugend Musiziert several times and achieved two third prizes and one second prize. Her activity took her to London, Dublin, Warsaw and Moscow.
During several of her summer holidays she attended the “Music Alp” masterclasses, learning with Jacqueline Ross. As an award winner of Jugend Musiziert she could also take part in this year’s Deutscher Kammermusikkurs arranged in South Germany, where she played Shostakovich Octet and Scarlatti under the tuition of Hans Joachim Greiner and Winfried Rademacher.
In her free time, Charlotte likes to go to the theatre and sing. She has accepted her scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she will begin her studies in September.