Diana Cummings

Profile: Leader, Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Diana Cummings is one of the most distinguished violinists in Great Britain, her career spanning a wide spectrum of musical activities. She was born in London and studied first at the Royal Academy of Music, then in Rome and New York. She was a prize winner in the International Competition “Nicolo Paganini”

On completion of her studies, Diana developed a busy solo career playing an extensive repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary. Orchestrally she played with amongst others the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, and the London Bach Orchestra with whom she performed much of the solo repertoire of Bach. During 1975 – 1985 she was leader and soloist of the Northern Chamber Orchestra, she formed the Cummings String Trio and in 1982 became leader of the English String Quartet. The English String Quartet is the resident ensemble of the London Festival of Chamber Music which was started in 1995 and is a month long, London wide musical event. Diana is in continuous demand as orchestral leader, guest leading many of this country’s major symphony orchestras, in 1978 she became the leader of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, a post she still holds. In all these capacities Diana has broadcast frequently, and has made many recordings.

In 1982 following the death of her teacher David Martin, Diana became a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and was subsequently made a Fellow; in 1994 she became also a Professor at Trinity College of Music. She adjudicates at Festivals and Competitions internationally.

Diana is the soloist for Milton Keynes City Orchestra's Four Seasons concert in November. For more information and to book this concert please contact the Orchestra's box office on 01908 558311