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William Newell, violin and viola

William Newell enjoys a wide-ranging career as chamber musician, orchestral principal, arranger, and teacher. As second violin of the Solem Quartet, one of the most innovative ensembles of its generation, William has performed on concert platforms across the UK and internationally including Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, as well as more eclectic venues such as Picturehouse Cinemas and Bussey Building, Peckham.


The Quartet’s work has been recognised with awards from Jerwood Arts and The Royal Philharmonic Society. Their debut disc, The Four Quarters (Orchid Classics), features several of William’s own arrangements described as ‘expressive and stylish’.


William is Principal second violin with Manchester Camerata, where recent collaborations have included performances with pianists Martha Argerich and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and violinst Jonias Ilias Kadesha.

William has taught chamber music at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at the Centre for Young Musicians, and for many years has enjoyed working with young musicians from all backgrounds in schools and privately.

Originally from Romford, North East London, William began his musical education with Havering Music School and attended the Guildhall School from 2012-2017 where he studied with Krysia Osostowicz and Alexander Janiczek.

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