Biography

Born in Stockholm in 1993, Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello at the age of seven under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist. When she was 16 years old she was awarded a place at Lilla Akademien, Stockholm, a school of talented young musicians. In 2012, Lydia was awarded a scholarship to study for her Bachelor’s degree with professor Mats Lidström at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2016. She has recently graduated from her Master of Arts degree (Distinction), with renowned cellist Robert Cohen, also at the Royal Academy of Music, as a Worswick Scholar. She was also awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize at the Academy in 2014.

An eager chamber musician, Lydia is the cellist of the prize-winning Tritium Trio, of which she is a founding member, together with clarinetist Jernej Albreht and pianist Joseph Havlat. They won the Harold Craxton Prize in 2017 and the Isaacs/Pirani Trio Prize in 2015, at the Royal Academy of Music, and were also selected as Park Lane Group Young Musicians for the 2015/16 season. They were also awarded the Audience Prize at the coveted St-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2017. The Tritiums perform across London and the UK regularly, with recent concert appearances in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, and Colston Hall in Bristol. They recorded their first CD this summer, which includes music by John McCabe, John Ireland, Giles Easterbrook, and Kenneth Leighton. The CD will be independently released around Christmas time this year. They are also planning to enter several national and international competitions in the near future. 

Lydia is a dedicated teacher and teaches an ever-expanding class of private cello students across London. She truly enjoys helping her pupils to find their own way into cello playing. To read further about Lydia's teaching and to book a consultation lesson, please click here. She is also a cello tutor and workshop leader for the charity Play for Progress. As part of her work for Play for Progress, Lydia is involved with the ‘Make Some Noise’ program, providing music tuition for refugees in Croydon on a weekly basis.

Lydia was a prize winner in the Mukle/Cameron Cello Prize at the Royal Academy in 2016, and has appeared playing Haydn’s 2nd Cello Concerto with Newbury Baroque Chamber Orchestra (2016), and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with Marylebone High Street Orchestra (2014). During her undergraduate studies, she was kindly supported by various Swedish foundations, and her postgraduate studies were generously supported by the Helen Worswick Scholarship. 

Lydia is an active freelancer, and is often performing with the chamber orchestra ‘Ensemble Eroica’, where she holds a principal position, FeMusa Orchestra, and ‘Outcry Ensemble’. 

During her time at the Academy, Lydia has had the opportunity to play to some of the world’s finest cellists, such as Colin Carr, Sun Won Yang, Steven Doane, Anssi Karttunnen, and Ralph Kirschbaum, to name but a few. She has worked closely with the compositional department through her interest in contemporary music, and has worked with composers-in-residence John Adams and Magnus Lindberg. She has held co-principal and principal positions in Academy orchestras, and has had the opportunity to participate in orchestral workshops given by the English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She was also a member of the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music cello ensemble, directed by Academy professors Josephine Knight and Felix Schmidt. 

When Lydia is not playing the cello, she spends her time reading books, and arranging music for herself and her six younger cello-playing sisters to play together!

Chamber music (selection):

The Tritium Trio (clarinet trio) at the Royal Academy of Music; Jernej Albreht - clarinet, Lydia Hillerudh - cello, Joseph Havlat - piano,  (2013 - )

The Hampstead Ensemble - a dynamic flexi-ensemble, available for background work around England; Laura Custodio Sabas - violin, Joseph Griffin - viola, Lydia Hillerudh - cello. Contact hampsteadensemble (at) gmail.com for further information. 

The Cello Sisters; Lydia, Hillevi, Tora, Astrid, Blanka, Ärla, and Ellika Hillerud - cello (2000 - )

Orchestras:

 Ensemble Eroica * (2015 -)

 - The Outcry Ensemble ** (2016 - ) 

 - FeMusa Orchestra - Britain's Female Chamber Orchestra ** (2017 - )

 - The Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble (2015-2016) 

 - Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia * (2015)

 - String Orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music * (2012 - 2014)

 - SNUO – Sweden's National Youth Orchestra (2010 - 2012)

 - The Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta of Lilla Akademien * (2009 – 2012)

 - SUSO – Stockholm's Youth Symphony Orchestra * (2007 – 2009)

* - principal, ** - co-principal