Emma Sheppard Viola

Since returning to the UK, Emma has held the post of principal viola for English National Ballet and Bath Philharmonia; and played as guest principal for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Chamber Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, City of London Sinfonia, Glyndebourne on Tour, English Symphony Orchestra, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Chineke!, and Royal Ballet Sinfonia, among others. Other freelance orchestral work includes: Royal Opera House, Orchestra of St. John's, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia; as well as film, TV, games and pop sessions for Isobel Griffiths Ltd, COOL music, London Contemporary Orchestra and Urban Soul.

During her tenure with Bath Philharmonia, she performed Britten Lachrymae, and two Vaughan Williams Flos Campi in Bath Abbey. Other solo appearances include Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in the Sheldonian Theatre; Bach Brandenburg No. 6 at Cadogan Hall; Whitbourn Canticles at Southwark and Salisbury Cathedrals; and the Walton and Telemann Viola Concerti in Milton Keynes and St. Martin in the Fields, respectively.

As a chamber musician she has performed extensively with the Adderbury Ensemble, London Concertante and Archinto Quartet; and has collaborated with the Allegri, Carducci, and members of the Julliard and Cleveland Quartets.

Emma graduated from Oxford University with a BA(Hons) in Music. A Senior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, in 1998 she won both viola competitions and received a Distinction in her Post Graduate Diploma. In her second year she undertook an ERASMUS exchange to the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP), before returning to complete the Advanced Diploma.  A brief period of study at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg followed, before she went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on the Chamber Music Masters course, studying Viola with Jodi Levitz.