Vicci Wardman

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Tutor in Viola

Vicci Wardman is a Tutor in Viola at the RNCM and is established as one of the most versatile violists of her generation.

As a student at Chetham’s, Vicci was a string finalist in the BBC’s Young musician of the Year competition and was a multi award-winning student during her time at the RNCM. She was also a founder member of the Sorrel Quartet, which made its début in 1987.

On leaving the Quartet in 2000, Vicci took up the position of Principal Viola with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and spent seven years performing with some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists, appearing twice as concerto soloist herself. In 2010 Vicci was appointed Principal Viola of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, leaving 12 months later to return to full-time freelancing. She regularly performs as Guest Principal in a variety of other orchestras, such as the English Chamber, Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique, London Sinfonietta, BBC Welsh, BBC Scottish, London Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment, BBC Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra.

The Sorrel Quartet made many prize-winning recordings with the Chandos label and Vicci enjoyed a busy international career as part of the group.
As an experienced chamber musician, Vicci has worked extensively with Hausmusik, London and the Nash Ensemble. She is currently a member of Mobius and violist in the critically acclaimed Eroica Quartet, whose interest in performance practice has led to various innovative projects in the UK and abroad. Vicci is also busy as a session musician in London and can be heard, as a soloist, on many film and TV soundtracks including scores by Murray Gold, John Lunn, Steven Price, Thomas Newton, Howard Shore, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, and Abel Korzeniowski. As a teacher, Vicci was, for 10 years, a senior lecturer at the RNCM until moving to London in 2000. She also taught at Chetham’s Schools of Music. She is currently Joint Principal Viola with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.