Charlie Lovell-Jones, an 18-year-old violinist from Cardiff, has been described as one of the most promising young violinists in the UK. Since his Royal Festival Hall debut at 15 when he played the Lark Ascending, Charlie's solo engagements have included appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has simultaneously directed and performed Vaughan-Williams’ Concerto Accademico with Silk Street Sinfonia and has performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in St John's Smith Square.
Charlie has won numerous prestigious competitions for instrumentalists in Wales and the UK including the coveted Blue Riband Instrumental Prize at the National Eisteddfod. He is much in demand as a recitalist and enjoys talking to audiences about the music he plays.
With the support of Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Livery Guild, he has studied for the past six summers at the Cambridge International String Academy, working with international violinists Rodney Friend and Yuzuko Horigome.
Charlie led the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain for three years, where he was awarded Leverhulme Scholarships. He is the youngest ever player with the John Wilson Orchestra, with whom he performed at the summer Prom Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also performed with the Nidum Ensemble and the London Concertante.
Charlie is the youngest person to receive the prestigious Composer’s Medal for Under 25s at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Following this, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales asked Charlie to write this piece for orchestra with solo violin and soprano. Charlie's tone poem, called "Cariad Cyntaf" or "First Love" was premiered by BBC NOW, international soprano Rebecca Evans and Charlie at St David's Hall as part of their St David's Day celebratory concert in 2017.It was broadcast live on Radio Cymru to great acclaim.
Charlie studies music at Oxford University. Since starting in Autumn 2017, he has given recitals at the Beaminster Festival, Rhosygilwen International Concert Series, a number of concerto performances and played with John Wilson Orchestra in their tour covering the length and breadth of Britain.
Charlie studies with the eminent violinist Rodney Friend, former leader of the London and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, and currently plays an important Italian violin made by G.B. Guadagnini from the distinguished firm J & Arthur Beare, loaned to him by a generous benefactor.