British/Canadian violinist, Freya Creech, combines a busy and varied performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician together with her studies. She regularly performs in venues across the UK, which have included appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as throughout Europe, in such concert halls as the Festspielhaus (Salzburg), Herculessaal (Munich), Sendesaal (Bremen) and Brucknerhaus (Linz). She has appeared as a concerto soloist on a number of occasions, including performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Prince Regent’s Musicians, and has given many performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, Brighton Fringe and Salzburg Kammermusik Festivals. Freya has also held several orchestral positions, including with the Salzburg Philharmonie and the European Union Youth Orchestra, and has played in a wide range of chamber ensembles, most notably as first violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet. She is incredibly excited to be joining the newly formed Rose Quartet.
Freya has participated in many specialist chamber music courses and violin master classes, both in the UK and abroad, including; IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, London Masterclasses and MusicWorks (UK), The Banff Centre, Centre d’Arts Orford and Domaine Forget (Canada), Centrum Chamber Music Workshop (USA), International Stichtung Masterclasses Apeldoorn (Holland), Glucholazy Masterclasses (Poland), International Somerakademie Bad Leonfelden and Allegro Vivo (Austria) and Northern Lights Music Festival (USA) where she won the esteemed concerto competition. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Orchestra in 2013. In 2006 Freya gained the ABRSM Gold Medal award for the highest examination mark at Grade 8 and she has also been awarded first prizes at festivals in Brighton (Springboard), Worthing and North London, as well as the Royal Academy of Music’s String Quartet Competition and Junior Academy violin prize. Freya has worked intensively with such distinguished musicians and chamber ensembles as Andras Keller, Gary Hoffman, Gyorgy Pauk, Rainer Schmit, Philippe Graffin, Bengt Forsberg, Ferenc Rados, Huw Watkins, Thomas Riebl, Michael Frischenschlager, Viktor Danchenko, the Wihan, Doric and London Haydn String Quartets and the Dali Piano Trio.
A definite highlight of Freya’s musical life so far has been working on and performing Beethoven’s Op. 127 Quartet with Pekka Kuusisto at the Domaine Forget Festival Chamber Music Session in 2015.
Freya was born in the UK in 1991 but grew up in the West of Ireland, where she learnt the violin with her mother. After returning to the UK at the age of ten, she entered the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied the violin with Chika Robertson and later, Igor Petrushevski. During this time, she was a major music scholar at Roedean School and then went on to complete her 6th form studies at the Purcell specialist music school near London where she held a full music scholarship from the UK Government. In 2009 Freya continued to pursue her studies with Igor Petrushevski as an undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was awarded the ‘Sir Elton John Scholarship’. Freya completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 with a 1st class distinction as a student at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, studying with Professor Klara Flieder. She then went on to study in the prestigious Masters degree programme in Kammermusik with the Lazarus String Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. Currently, Freya is enjoying her solo Masters’ studies with Professor Flieder at the Mozarteum.
In addition to her violin activities, Freya is also an enthusiastic viola player, an instrument for which she also has a great affinity and real love, and has taken part in lessons with Jim Sleigh at the Royal Academy. She has also performed some wonderful chamber music works on the viola including Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Harp and Viola. Freya’s other interests include a deep love of art (she is often to be found enjoying an afternoon at an exhibition) as well as opera, cinema, reading (French and Russian literature are her real favourites) and food (cooking as well as eating!). Freya also has a huge passion for writing, and has developed a large readership of her blog, Freya’s Nook, which you can visit on this site.
Freya has been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Emanuel Hurwitz Charitable Chamber Music Trust, Sir Elton John, the Lewes Rotary Club and the President’s Office at the Hochschule in Hannover. She is extremely grateful for all the support that she has received and is currently planning projects that will help the next generation of young musicians. She plays on a 1920 Guerra violin.