Porter Lowri

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Born in Cardiff in 1977, Lowri read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before studying with Howard Davis and Marianne Thorsen at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded the DipRAM prize in the Postgraduate Performance Course; she also led the European Union Youth Orchestra in her time at the Academy.

She is now Assistant Leader (No 2) for Welsh National Opera, having been with the orchestra since 2005. As well as regularly leading WNO, she has made guest appearances as Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, Co-Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal 2nd of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras. Before joining WNO, she was Principal 2nd of Northern Ballet Theatre, and also played regularly with the Scottish Ensemble.

Lowri is a founder member of the Zoltan Ensemble who have given concerts recently in Cornwall, Hay on Wye and Oxford. She was musical director of Project Instrumental from 2013-15 and has been a regular at the St Endellion Summer Festival in Cornwall since 2011, by invitation of the tenor Mark Padmore.

She plays an 18th century Stainer school violin, loaned to her by a Welsh family.