Lily Francis viola

Lily Francis is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading violinist/violists today.  Recently a top prizewinner at the 2009 ARD Music Competition in Munich, she has performed with several of the leading orchestras in Germany, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra.  She made her Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in 2008, and plays throughout the USA and Europe.

Ms. Francis was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two program from 2006-09; she regularly returns as a guest artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performs as a concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and in chamber music settings worldwide.  Recent festival appearances have included Marlboro, Kronberg, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Ms. Francis has collaborated with some of the leading musicians of our time, including Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Arnold Steinhardt, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, and Peter Wiley.  As the violist of the Vertigo String Quartet, she recorded the score to Michael Hollinger’s award-winning play Opus, which is currently touring the USA.   Ms. Francis’ violin-playing hands were featured in Doug Aitken’s art-film Sleepwalkers, which was projected onto an outer wall of MoMA in New York City.

A graduate of the Curtis Institite (B.M.’06) and New England Conservatory (M.M.’08), Ms. Francis studied with Joseph Silverstein and Miriam Fried.  Other teachers have included Philip Setzer, Brian Lewis, and Teri Einfeldt, Steve Tenenbom, and Gerhard Schulz.