Diana Mathews pursues an active performing career as soloist, chamber and orchestral
musician. Prizes include the Theodore Holland Prize and the Kenneth Page Foundation Viola Competition. As concerto soloist, Diana has performed with orchestras including the Isis Chamber Orchestra and Huntingdon Philharmonic. As a recitalist, Diana’s performances, with her duo partner Jonathan Beatty (piano), have included concerts for the Concerts in the West recital series and for Oxshott and Cobham Music Society. Diana has a keen interest in contemporary music and enjoys working alongside composers. Works dedicated to her include Paul Osterfield’s ‘Ablaze’, and Sadie Harrison’s ‘Diana Nemorensis’, both for solo viola, and Roger Carter’s ‘Deep Thoughts’ for viola and piano. She has performed in the World Premiere of Michael Rose’s ‘Hopeful Monsters’ as well as giving the UK Premiere of his Third Viola Sonata, ‘The Pedagogy of Grief’. As a chamber musician Diana is a regular guest artist with the Kreutzer Quartet, leader Peter Sheppard Skaerved and she has participated in the London Festival of Chamber Music playing with the English String Quartet, leader, Diana Cummings. Diana freelances with various orchestras including the Royal Opera House Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. Diana plays on a Pietro Antonio Testore viola (1780). www.diana-mathews.co.uk.
Photo of Diana by Alexa Kidd-May.