Emily Pond (b. 1992) graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Martin Outram, with a Dip RAM and an MA with Distinction, prior to this Emily studied at the RNCM where she gained a First Class BMus (Hons) Degree.
Although Emily has appeared as principal violist of the Royal Academy Opera and Chamber Orchestras, her main passion lies in string quartet playing, being violist of The Fitzroy Quartet.
As a soloist Emily won the RNCM Viola Competition and won the Edinburgh Quartet Apprentice Competition in 2016, which lead to a tour of Scotland with the quartet.
Emily has taken part in masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Garth Knox, Atar Arad, Thomas Riebl and Nobuko Imai and has also performed in the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Music and Edinburgh Fringe Music Festivals.
Emily was also invited to be an 'Artist in Residence' in the Cantiere International d'Arte di Montepulciano (Italy) in 2013/2014 where she gave recitals with leading musicians from across Europe.
As an orchestral musician Emily was a member of the Royal Academy elite string ensemble; The Sainsbury Soloists, and has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, The Northern Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and also the European Union Youth Orchestra working under renown conductors Semyon Bychkov, Vasily Petrenko, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock and Edward Gardner and soloists Maxim Vengerov and Stephen Hough.