British cellist Rebecca Herman has performed as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK, Europe & North America.

Rebecca graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Music (MA Distinction), where she studied with Josephine Knight, generously supported by the Academy’s Ian Alexander Award, Stanley Picker Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

As recipient of the MBF’s Eleanor Warren Award Rebecca is delighted to collaborate with Making Music. Other prizes include the Ida Carroll Scholarship and Bursary, the William Elkin Memorial Prize (RAM), the Sidney Griller Memorial Prize (RAM and 1st place in the May Mukle Virtuoso Cello Competition (RAM). Rebecca was recently awarded the 2012-13 Meaker Fellowship (solo cello) at the Royal Academy, and the 2012-14 Leverhulme Teaching Fellowship at Pro Corda.

Rebecca started learning the cello at the age of 13 and within a year won an Associated Board Gold Bursary, the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize and a place at Chetham’s School of Music. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music (USA), where she studied with Steven Doane, supported by the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the Simon Rose Memorial Prize.

Rebecca made her concerto debut in March 2010, performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme’ with the Watford Symphony Orchestra. In December 2011 she performed Brahms’ Double Concerto with violinist Sadie Fields at The Venue (Leeds College of Music Community Symphony Orchestra). Forthcoming concerto engagements include Saint-Saens no.1 with the St. Giles Orchestra in Oxford, and the Brahms Double with the Watford Symphony Orchestra. Other Solo performances include recitals in the USA, Canada, Israel, Norway and the U.K.

As former cellist and founding member of the Castalian Quartet, Rebecca has performed at all the major UK venues (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Kings Place), as well as concerts in France, Italy, Germany and Sweden. In 2011 the Quartet was selected by the British Council to represent the UK in a tour of China, giving recitals and master classes. Finalists in the 2011 Royal Overseas League Competition and winners of the Elias Fawcett Award, the Castalian Quartet has appeared at festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham (live BBC Radio 3 Broadcast) and Chichester. Last year the quartet won the Tunnell Trust Award, the Kirckman Concert Society Award and was selected to be artists on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. They held the 2011-12 Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, and the MBF Ensemble Associateship at the Lake District Summer Music Festival (2011-12).

An active freelance orchestral player, Rebecca is currently on trial with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Ballet Sinfonia (Sub-Principal). Rebecca has also worked with, among others, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Manning Camerata and Rambert Dance Company.

Committed to advocating contemporary music, Rebecca has worked with Pierre Boulez as Principal of the Academy’s Manson Ensemble, and regularly appears with the London Contemporary Orchestra at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sage Gateshead and the Manchester Apollo.

Rebecca was selected as Principal Cellist for the 2012 London Sinfonietta Academy, with whom she also performed Kaija Saariaho’s Serenatas at the BBC Proms (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3). In May Rebecca will be performing the complete set of 12 pieces commissioned for Paul Sacher’s 70th birthday at the Royal Academy of Music, the first time this has been done in the UK.

Rebecca would like to thank the Royal Academy of Music for the generous loan of the Segelman Stradivarius, 1692.