Giulia da Cruz
Giulia started the cello at the age of 4, and the piano at age 9. In 2014, she won the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize, (top mark nationally for Grade 6 Piano) and won the Cello Prize at the Ealing Music Festival. She attended the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music for 7 years whilst being a Music Scholar at St Paul’s Girls’ School, where she was awarded the 2018 Scarborough String Prize and the Imogen Holst Senior Music prize. She currently studies cello with Ben Davies and Hannah Roberts.
As a member of the National Youth Orchestra from 2015-2018, Giulia has played under Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, John Wilson, Thomas Adès, Nicholas Collon and Kristjan Järvi, across Britain and Europe. This includes four BBC Proms performances and live radio broadcasts. In 2016, the orchestra recorded Holst’s The Planets and Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra under Edward Gardner for Chandos Records. In 2018 Giulia was appointed principal cellist of the NYO and also received a Wolfson Scholarship and a Leverhulme Scholarship. Under Marin Alsop, she performed the cello solo in Bernstein’s MASS at Royal Festival Hall, and in the BBC Proms 2018 season led the cello section in Debussy’s La Mer and George Benjamin’s Dance Pieces, conducted by the composer himself, at the Royal Albert Hall. In her final year, she was awarded The Musician’s Company’s 2018 Arthur Bulgin medal by NYO for leadership and contribution to the community.
Giulia is currently reading French and Arabic at Oxford University. She recently performed Brahms Symphony No.4 and Clara Schuman’s Piano Concerto as principal cellist of the Oxford University Orchestra and plays regularly with the Oxford Sinfonietta and her string quartet, appearing in the Sheldonian Theatre, the Jacqueline du Pré concert hall and the Holywell Music Room. Next year, she looks forward to joining the Al-Etihad orchestra in Amman as she completes her year abroad in Jordan.
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