Rebecca Gilliver is principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Originally joining the LSO as co-principal in 2001, she won the principal job in 2009. Rebecca has also played as guest principal all over the world, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Sinfonietta Amsterdam and the World Orchestra for Peace.
Rebecca studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Melissa Phelps and William Pleeth and at the Royal Northern College of Music with Moray Welsh and and Ralph Kirshbaum. She also spent a year studying mostly contemporary music in Basel with Thomas Demenga.
Success in national and international competitions led to critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Carnegie Hall, New York. Rebecca has played extensively as a recitalist and as a soloist with the Halle and London Mozart Players.
As a chamber musician Rebecca has played and recorded with major artists and is featured on the Nash Ensemble’s latest cd of American music.
Rebecca is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - she also gives classes at the Royal Academy of Music and acts as a mentor for Future Talent, an organisation promoting the development of young musicians from low income backgrounds.