StradFest 2018 | How will you shape your tomorrow?

How will you shape your FUTURE?

Join The Strad team and leading music industry experts at London’s Royal Institution of Great Britain for a one-day immersive event designed to help string players develop an exciting career.


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About The Speaker

François Rive

François Rive

cellist and former Royal Philharmonic Orchestra principal

François was offered his first orchestral position with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic soon after he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Recital Diploma. He moved onto a similar post with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra before joining the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra (now Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia) as Principal Cello and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Co Principal.

Since leaving the RPO he has pursued a freelance orchestral career, which also includes regular coaching roles with London Music Colleges (RAM, RCM, and Guildhall) as well as tutoring positions with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra, as well as various County Youth Orchestras.

François is passionate about coaching talented young cellists who choose an orchestral path, and giving them their best chance of success at auditions. For many years, he has given one on one private audition and repertoire sessions, and is always proud to see these players moving on to work professionally.