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Emma Purslow

British born Emma Purslow (b. 1994) is a violinist and violist working as a chamber musician, educator, soloist and orchestral player in the UK and abroad.

She is first violin of the Alkyona String Quartet, with whom she is currently Royal College of Music String Quartet Fellow 2022-2024. She has also recently enjoyed guest performing with the Navarra Quartet, Sacconi Quartet and Explore Ensemble, and as as a chamber musician at festivals including Presteigne, Stamford International, Helsinki, and Melbourne Quartetthaus. Emma enjoys a varied orchestral career performing regularly as a member of O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, and as a freelancer with orchestras including the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as many others around the UK. Emma led the Street Orchestra of London between 2016-2019. Described by the Guardian as “truly uplifting” this 40-piece ensemble brings live performance to those unable to access it.

Emma is a sought-after teacher and educator, with a position teaching at Chetham’s School of Music, and as a workshop leader for London Mozart Players. She also coaches regularly at the National Children’s Orchestra and Royal College of Music Junior Department. She is active on the folk music scene in London as a member of Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu and works closely with them creating opportunities for people of all cultures to express themselves through music.