Dunja Lavrova was born in Russia and enjoyed a busy solo career as a young child during her studies at St Petersburg's School for Exceptionally Gifted Children. At the age of 13, she moved to the UK , winning a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School. A scholarship student of the Royal College of Music , Dunja graduated with the Tagore Gold Medal.
Over the years, Dunja has performed as a soloist at various prestigious venues, such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and St John's Smith Square. She also appeared at slightly more un-usual venues such as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club and at numerous festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America.
Dunja has performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia and many others.
Winning trials with Royal Opera House as Assistant Concertmaster and London Philharmonic Orchestra as N3, Dunja has appeared as a guest No 3 and Co-leader with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra and has led various other UK orchestras and ensembles.
Recently re-emerging as a soloist, Dunja has signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. Released at the end of 2014, this un-usual album was recorded the old-fashioned way to recreate the sound of the Golden Age and has already received a lot of praise from the press and growing media attention, including airplays on national classical radios and a full feature in Classical Music Magazine's May 2015 issue.
"Lavrova gives her all with winning spontaneity in a series of Heifetz favourites."- BBC Music Magazine
Dunja is in high demand as a recording artist and chamber musician and still enjoys performing with large groups, such as un-conducted ensembles Russian Virtuosi of Europe and London Concertante, as well as John Wilson Orchestra.
"No praise can be too high for violinist Dunja Lavrova. She proves herself on a level of the great fiddlers of the past."- THE INDEPENDENT
Listen to Dunja's performances here
Tosin Ajimobi, age 24:
"I've been studying with Dunja for 2 years. I find her to be a very thorough teacher, you'll progress quickly because she has very high standards and she tries to instil those in you too. She definitely knows what she is talking about and has great advice on practising, which I've been able to take into other areas of my life. I've been very happy with my progress in the past 2 years."
Shammy Rahim, father of Mehnaz (aged 13) and Neha (aged 11):
"Being working parents, one of the major challenges we have, is to manage our working hours so that we can take our kids to lessons. Not living in city make things even more worse. That’s when we started thinking about an alternative solution. It didn't take us much time to realise that it’s possible to do violin lessons online. When we came across Dunja, we were so curious to find out how this will work. Dunja took the trial lesson so calmly and very well organised . To our amazement we even forgot that its an online lesson. From then we never looked back, kids now take special interest to perfect their lessons. I am very pleased we found violin lessons online. Dunja is a very focused, result oriented and true professional violinist who have a very natural talent to play & teach violin and make a positive impact to your kids interest in violin. I would recommend her without even thinking."
Francesca Gliubich, mother of Silvia (aged 14):
"I recently came across Dunja’s debut solo album and was very impressed. Immediately, I contacted her to ask whether she would be willing to teach to my daughter.
Dunja’s approach to teaching reveals her passion for technical precision, which is the key to being able extract the best sound out of your instrument in order to then achieve musical freedom.
Online lessons with Dunja are not any different from lessons in person, as she can pick up any imperfection and point it out in a constructive, positive manner. Most importantly, she will immediately suggest the perfect exercise to help correct it. Dunja won my daughter’s trust as mentor within one hour!"