Charis Sykesud: Soloist Easter 2017 (violin)
Charis Sykesud began playing the violin at eight years old, having already discovered her love for music through learning the piano. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Watford Grammar School for Girls, with Susan Collier as her violin teacher and Winnie Wu as her piano teacher, before doing her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of York. This year she has continued at the university and is working towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Practice on the violin, taught by William Leary. During her time as an undergraduate Charis enjoyed exploring composition and performing in recitals, both on the violin and on the piano. For her Diploma, she has been working on solo repertoire by Beethoven, Janáček, Dvořák and Debussy. Charis is also a member of the Jochama Piano Trio, an ensemble in which she pursues her love for chamber music. The trio has performed works by Smetana and Hummel and are looking forward to playing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio. Charis also loves to play in orchestral works. She has led the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra in repertoire such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the University of York’s Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, amongst other pieces. Her orchestral experience has taken her on tour to Berlin and Madrid and she hopes to have many more opportunities to travel as a musician. Charis normally leads the Watford Youth Sinfonia, but is taking time out of this position to perform Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61.
Last updated August 2017