Biography of Swallow Gabriella:
Belfast-born cellist Gabriella Swallow commenced her musical studies at Chethams’ School of Music. In 1999 she was awarded an ABRSM Scholarship to study cello at the Royal College of Music. She graduated in 2003 and was presented the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal by RCM President, HRH The Prince of Wales. Gabriella continued as a Postgraduate Scholar at the RCM. In 2005 she graduated as a Master of Music with distinction. In 1999 she founded the Sans Souci Piano Trio with violinist Elizabeth Cooney. In 2002 the trio reformed with the renowned composer and pianist Huw Watkins. Dedicated to the performance of new and rare British trio repertoire.
Gabriella’s solo performances include Edwin Roxburgh’s Partita , Tim Souster’s Sonata for Cello, Wind, Brass and Percussion, concertos with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, and recently the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Few Serenades . She is the dedicatee of Jonathan Cole’s Elegy which features in the acclaimed folio Spectrum for Cello. Gabriella performed the rarely heard Hugh Wood Cello Concerto with the Royal College of Music’s Sinfonietta under Neil Thomson. She has collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Eva Recacha on Xenakis’ solo cello work Kottos. Other festival appearances in the UK have included Dartington International Summer School with the London Archduke Trio and the Snape Proms in Aldeborough.
Gabriella made her South Bank debut in 2007 as soloist with the London Sinfonietta in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s About Water and also the world premiere of Paul Max Edlin’s cello concerto with the South Bank Sinfonia at the Sounds New Festival. In 2009 she and percussionist Genevieve Wilkins founded their duo ‘The G Project’ launched at the Forge, Camden in April 2010 performing new works by some of UK’s leading composers. Equally as important as her classical collaborations Gabriella regularly performs and records with some of the most prominent Jazz musicians on the scene. She has played as guest at Ronnie Scotts. In June 2005 Gabriella was appointed Principal Cello of the London Contemporary Music Group.
She plays a cello by Charles Harris Snr made in Oxford in 1820.