Freya Creech

Violin Teaching Artist, MCAA

Teaching Artist - Violin

Biography:


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Language:  English (fluent)
Musical Styles: Classical, Baroque, Modern, Fiddle, Folk, Movie Music, Improv
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British/Canadian violinist, Freya Creech, combines a busy and varied performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. She has performed in venues throughout the UK and Europe, including Royal Festival Hall (London), Festspielhaus (Salzburg), and Herculessaal (Munich), and is continuing to perform widely across North America, since her move here from Germany in 2019.

Ms. Creech plays with several different orchestras and ensembles, including Grammy-nominated ‘True Concord Voices & Orchestra’, the Arizona Opera Company, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and has worked intensively in a wide range of chamber ensembles, most notably as first violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet and second violinist of the Rose Quartet. As a chamber musician, she has also given many performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, and Salzburg Kammermusik Festivals. Ms. Creech has produced two albums of little-known solo violin music, featuring music by Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté and Virgil Thomson, and can also be heard on the recently released album, ‘Sylva’, by artist Benoît Pioulard. A passionate advocate for music education, Ms. Creech takes great joy in inspiring a new generation of musicians. She works regularly with her own class of students and is often invited to give guest masterclasses.

Ms. Creech grew up on the Wild Atlantic Way, in the west of Ireland, where she learned the violin with her mother. After moving to the UK at the age of 10, she entered the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying the violin with Igor Petrushevski. In 2009, Ms. Creech was awarded the ‘Sir Elton John Scholarship’ to continue her studies as an undergraduate student at the Royal Academy. Ms. Creech completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a distinction in 2014, as a student at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, studying with Professor Klara Flieder. She went on to study in the prestigious Masters’ degree program in Kammermusik, as first violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet, at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. In 2018, Ms. Creech was awarded a distinction for her solo master’s degree at the Mozarteum, where she furthered her studies with Professor Flieder – the most important mentor in Ms. Creech’s life thus far.

In addition to her violin activities, Ms. Creech is also an enthusiastic viola player, an instrument for which she also has a great affinity and real love. She has performed some wonderful chamber music works on the viola, including Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Harp, and Viola, and will always be ready to say ‘yes’ when asked for sight-read any chamber music on viola (or violin)! Ms. Creech’s other interests include a deep love of art (she is often to be found enjoying an afternoon at an exhibition) as well as opera, cinema, reading, and food (cooking, but mostly eating!). Ms. Creech also has a huge passion for writing and has developed a large international readership of her blog, “Freya’s Nook.”

Contact:

For more information, call 703-993-9889 or email academy@gmu.edu.