Cellist Edwina Cordingley received a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University. She was then a full scholarship holder for three consecutive years in the Advanced Performance Program of the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne.
With a brief interlude to trek around South America for six months with her husband, Edwina then moved to the United Kingdom to further her studies and perform. She spent six months studying baroque cello privately in Edinburgh with David Watkin before moving to London upon receipt of an apprenticeship with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Edwina went on to tour Europe with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in his ensembles, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. She performed and toured Europe as Principal Cello for the Gabrieli Consort and Players under the baton of Paul McCreesh. Edwina has recorded Bach’s B minor Mass with the English Baroque Soloists, Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno with the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, also with the Gabrieli Consort and Players.
In Australia Edwina has been working as a professional cellist, playing with many orchestras and chamber groups, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Wallfisch Band, Ludovico’s Band, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Elysium Ensemble and Accademia Arcadia.
She is a passionate educator and has been teaching cellists both young and old for more than a decade.
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