Indira Grier (20) is currently studying with Alexander Chaushian. Previously she learnt with Melissa Phelps, and then with Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule, Luebeck. 'Indira is a star in the making, a cellist in total command of her instrument, both technically and rhythmically, and is a lyrical player of incredible maturity for her age' wrote the Harrow Observer following her performance of Shostakovich's cello sonata.
She started playing the cello at the age of 4, and from the age of 8 attended the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, where she held a scholarship.
Indira has twice been awarded the Junior Guilhermina Suggia Gift, a prestigious national cello competition administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, winning both the 2010 and 2012 competitions.
In March 2012 Indira was the youngest competitor ever to reach the final in the Bromsgrove International Young Musician's Platform and was awarded the second prize. In April 2012 she won the Abingdon Concerto Competition, and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. She has also won both the Junior and Senior Lower Strings competitions at the Royal Academy, and in 2013 she won the Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.
In 2013/14 Indira has performed in Switzerland and Germany, and in July 2014 participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Masterclasses in the class of Frans Helmerson. In addition to her musical studies, Indira is reading English Literature at University College London.
In 2016 Indira was awarded the Len Lickorish Memorial Prize for a String Player of Outstanding Merit in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.
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