Becky Jones

Rebecca Jones

In 2016, Rebecca moved to Cardiff to take up the post of Principal Viola of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. For over ten years she has been a member of the Callino String Quartet, a group founded at the West Cork Music Festival, which continues to enjoy a high profile in Ireland as well as making regular festival performances across Europe. They have played at London’s Wigmore Hall, have twice been resident at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where they met and collaborated with Arcade Fire, and spent a week in New York with the famed contemporary specialists the Kronos Quartet, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall. They have recorded three commercial discs and will soon release their reading of Haydn’s Seven Last Words on the Cross.

Rebecca's musically formative years were spent in Manchester at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. She then took the opportunity to study with Thomas Riebl at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she performed the Balcom Concerto for Viola and Cello live on Austrian national radio as part of the ‘Mozartwoche’ festival. During this time she was placed 4th at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Prize.

Most recently she was Assistant Principal Viola of the City of London Sinfonia and continues to guest with top UK chamber ensembles including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Aurora Orchestra and the baroque group Arcangelo, with whom she performed the 6th Brandenburg Concerto at the Wigmore Hall. She is a frequent session musician and has toured with Adele, Bjørk and the Stereophonics. Since moving to Wales, she has also become a guest professor at the Royal Welsh College and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Callino Quartet