Amanda Lake : March 2008 – October 2013

Amanda began learning the violin at the age of four. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First in 2007, where she was a scholarship student of Dona Lee Croft. She has since studied with Levon Chilingirian and Bela Katona.
Amanda has appeared extensively as a soloist with orchestras across the country, performing works by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Prokofiev and Berg. In 2010-11 she led the Amadeus Orchestra on tour to China, appearing as soloist in Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending.
She is in demand as an orchestral leader and chamber musician. As a former member of the Alea Quartet, Amanda appeared at Aberystwyth MusicFest, Sounds New Festival and the Harmos Festival, Portugal. In 2009, the quartet performed at the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group’s Peter Maxwell Davies quartet cycle. She performed at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival as part of the Lake/Maryon Davies Duo.
She was invited to lead the RCM Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington at “The Power of Mozart” festival, and has guest led the Dmitri Ensemble and the Berkeley Ensemble. She has undertaken freelance work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon. At the end of October 2013 Amanda joined the 1st violin section of the CBSO and moved location to Birmingham. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys sailing and swimming in the North Sea.