“For the sheer musicality of her interpretations I would single out Minat Lyons – a fine young cellist with an exceptionally rich and nuanced tone at her disposal ... Lyons took sensitivity for idiom and line in her playing to a completely new level”

E. Dickerson, Seen and Heard concert review; Wigmore Hall

The top prize winner in the 5th International Antonio Janigro Violoncello Competition, Minat enjoys a busy performing schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and as Co-Principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, which she first joined as a member of the cello section whilst still an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music.

Minat graduated from the RCM in 2009 with Distinction in a PGDip in Advanced Performance, and was the recipient of the Ivor James, Helen Just, Wills Gordan, Thelma Reiss, Stuart Knussen and Anna Shuttleworth prizes, and both Foundation and Amaryllis Fleming scholarships.

She has also been awarded scholarships by the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the English Speaking Union, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was lent an Amati cello by the Balmain Charitable Trust.

In addition to her solo work, Minat is a committed chamber musician, and has collaborated with groups such as the Sacconi String Quartet, the Tubbs Ensemble and Machaca. She has also given classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.

Minat plays a fine Genoese cello c. 1770.

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