Meet one of Firebird’s talented violinists, Sherry Shen from China, currently a second year masters’ student at London’s Royal College of Music.
Tell us about your involvement with Firebird and other orchestras and ensembles…
I have been playing with London Firebird Orchestra since March 2019, playing the violin in the Orchestra.
I also have a quartet and a piano trio at RCM, and I am also involved in London City Philharmonic, London Film Orchestra, Brixton Chamber Orchestra and RCM Symphony Orchestra.
What would you say are some of the highlights of your career so far?
I worked for four years as principal second violin in the Alexander Chamber Orchestra, which was one of the very first professional chamber orchestras in China. I also worked in a Chinese opera company as the orchestra leader, and toured Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanjing, and Suzhou.
What about your future ambitions in music?
I hope my future is as an orchestral musician. I would love to work in a top orchestra and also have a chamber group to work with long term. Simply put, my ambition is to keep playing music.
What do you feel is the value of Firebird to younger professional musicians?
London Firebird Orchestra has a great vibe and high quality. It helps young musicians including myself to familiarise themselves with life and work in a professional orchestra.