The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Emma Pantel

Born into a musical family, of Franco Scottish origin, music and performance have always been at the centre of Emma’s life. A young Glasgow based violinist, she is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied under the tutelage of Justine Watts and Maya Iwabuchi. She currently enjoys a varied career performing in venues across Scotland including freelancing with Scottish Ballet and Manchester Camerata.

Whilst studying at the Conservatoire Emma performed in masterclasses and workshops with Joseph Swensen, Ilya Gringolts, Krysia Osostowicz, Leland Chen, Jack Liebeck, Jan Repko, Malcolm Layfield, Lutsia Ibragimova, Laura Samuels and Peter Manning. At the same time, she was involved with various different orchestras, winning a place on the Young Apprenticeship Scheme with RSNO and also playing in the Side by Side Projects with BBCSSO. Emma was also invited to be part of the EFNYO (European Federation of National Youth Orchestras) a project in co-operation with “MusXchange 2015-17.

As a member of The Commonwealth Orchestra, Emma has played in prestigious events and to private royal audiences, in venues such as Westminster Abbey, Marlborough House, Lancaster House and The Royal Albert Hall as well as recording at Abbey Road Studios.

Emma is also experienced in Chamber music, having been invited to play in the NJO Chamber music projects in Holland and at the Chamber Music Festival on Islay.

She is very grateful to the Harrison Frank Foundation for giving her the loan of a Tobin violin.