Faculty Appoints New Director of Performance

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Rosalind Ventris has been appointed as the new Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies. She takes up the position from Dr Peter Collyer who served as Interim Director of Performance for the 2020-21 academic year. Rosalind will work with students on the Faculty’s examined performance modules as well as coordinating performance opportunities for students across the Faculty.

British violist Rosalind Ventris leads an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and researcher. Noted for her ‘characterful’ and ‘beguiling’ playing (Gramophone), she has given solo recitals at the Bozar, Royal Festival Hall, Slovak Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro Festival, the Arcanto Quartett at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Gerhard Schultz at the Salzburg Festival and Tabea Zimmermann at the Wigmore Hall. Much of her work celebrates repertoire outside of the traditional musical canon, and she recently recorded a solo album of twentieth- and twenty-first-century works for solo viola written by women composers. As a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, she made the premiere recording of Florence Price’s Piano Quintet in A minor (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, July 2021), and has performed with the group at the Wigmore Hall multiple times this season. From 2018 to 2019 Rosalind was an Edison Fellow at the British Library Sound Archive, and she has written articles for The Strad. She is Artistic Director of the Cowbridge Music Festival in Wales. For several years, she taught at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Rosalind writes: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the vim and vigour of musical life at Oxford as Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies. Joining the Faculty in this role presents a singularly stimulating and challenging opportunity. There is enormous potential to build connections and spark new ideas between the many different communities across the city and University, particularly as we look towards the opening of the Schwarzman Centre. I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues in the Faculty and colleges to showcase and develop student performance at the highest level.’

More information can be found on Rosalind’s website.

Image (c) Patrick Allen