Edgar Francis


Welsh viola-player, EDGAR FRANCIS is a dynamic and versatile musician, with a passion for performing that involves him in all aspects of the viola. He has performed in leading venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kolner Philarmonie and The Royal Festival Hall. Laureat of many competitions, he was the 1st Prize Winner at the prestigious 2021 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition. Other prizes include 1st Prize in the Wilfrid Parry Prize, a Regency Award, the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize and the Olwen Doreen Leyshon Prize. His debut album will be released soon on Champs Hill records.

Edgar started his musical journey with Sheila Nelson, before studying with Matthew Souter at Wells Cathedral School. He is currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with Hélène Clement, where he is a recipient of a 2022 Hattori Foundation Senior Award.

Edgar has performed at festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn on Mull, North Norfolk Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival and Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He enjoys playing with a variety of groups, including Sinfonia of London, Aurora Orchestra and O/Modernt. Also in demand as a soloist, he has played solo recitals at venues such as Powderham Castle and the Millennium Centre.

Edgar plays on a 2012 Mario Miralles viola, generously on loan from RAM through the Calleva Foundation. Upcoming projects include Yellowbarn Summer Festival and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.