Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Manchester Camerata, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
Stephanie Gonley is leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She was the leader of the Vellinger Quartet for some time, and she still enjoys performing a wide range of chamber music with such ensembles as the Nash Ensemble and the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble.
As Director/Soloist, Stephanie Gonley has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Oriol Ensemble Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony, the Academy Of St. Martin in the Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Lancashire Sinfonietta and Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.
Her concerto performances abroad have been with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hannover Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Noord Nederlands Orkest, RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Regina Symphony (Canada), Norrköping Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Regensburg Phiharmonic, and the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Her recordings include the Dvorák Romance with the ECO and Sir Charles Mackerras for EMI, the Sibelius Violin Concerto for BMG/Conifer with conductor Adrian Leaper and a CD of baroque repertoire which she directed.
Stephanie Gonley is currently Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also studied with David Takeno. She continued her studies with Dorothy DeLay (Juilliard) and Ilan Gronich (Hochschule, Berlin).
Amongst other awards, she was a winner of the prestigious Shell-LSO National Scholarship.
We caught Stephanie Gonley for 60 seconds to have a chat...
What do you enjoy about being part of a chamber orchestra? How is it different from playing with a symphony orchestra?
Chamber music is very important to me and being part of a chamber orchestra is a natural extension of that. I love the subtle attention to detail that comes with a smaller group. With symphony orchestra playing the emphasis is often on the big picture, which can also be fantastic to be a part of. In terms of repertoire, the satisfaction is immense with both genres.
Do you have a favourite work for the violin?
At the moment it’s possibly the Bach Solo Sonata in C.
Did you ever consider playing a different instrument or was it always violin?
I started playing the violin at age 6. Actually I much preferred both the cello and the piano, but certain circumstances led to my becoming a violinist. It turned out to be the right instrument for me, but I still regret not developing my piano playing as well.