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British violinist Joel David Munday performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. While his extensive repertoire incorporates all of the major violin works, he has a particular interest in exploring less-known and contemporary music. He has the pleasure of studying with Daniel Rowland, as well as receiving mentorship from Alina Ibragimova. In 2023, he was an inaugural winner of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Conservatoire Scholarship, supported by Elena and Alex Gerko. 

Joel made his concerto debut at age 15, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In 2017, he performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Royal College of Music Junior Department Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jacques Cohen. The same year he was invited to perform his debut concert at the Wigmore Hall and became a Festival Artist for the Two Moors Festival for which he presented a number of critically acclaimed recitals. He appears regularly as soloist with numerous UK-based symphony and chamber orchestras, and the 23/24 season will see him perform concerti including Bach’s Oboe and Violin Concerto in C Minor and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. He regularly works with renowned pianists Julian Trevelyan, Thomas Kelly, and Lucas Krupinski, the latter with whom he performed a number of highly successful live-streamed recitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. These were broadcast from the home of Lady Camilla Panufnik to homes around the globe. In 2021, he formed the Adeos Duo with violist Vanessa Hristova. Mentored by Maxim Rysanov and members of the Marmen Quartet, the duo are already regularly giving concerts in London and further afield. 

Joel has been invited to festivals including IMS Prussia Cove, Encuentro de Musica de Santander XXI,  Keshet Eilon Mastercourse, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Virtuosi Mastercourse, Friend's International Violin Academy, ISA University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Erben Geigenbau Masterclasses Munich, NCH Mastercourse Dublin and Pila Music Festival Poland. He has taken masterclasses with pedagogues such as Vadim Gluzman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Mihaela Martin, Hagai Shaham, Lars Anders Tomter, Marc Bouchkov, Qian Zhou, Chaim Taub, Yuzuko Horigome, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Rodney Friend, Marienne Piketty, Petru Munteanu, Ilya Kaler, Lewis Kaplan and Joel Smirnoff. He is currently a Stift International Music Festival Young Artist. 

Joel has won top prizes at numerous international violin competitions, including First Prize and Special ‘Sofia Music Weeks’ Award at XXV International Competition Dobrich, Bulgaria (2022), Erben Music Festival’s Scholarship Prize (2023), Third Prize at the London Daddario String Prize (2023), Sponsors Award at the Pila Festival, Poland (2021), first prize at the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition (2017), first prize at the Two Moors Festival Young Musician Competition (2016), third prize at Whitgift International Violin Competition (2017) and String Prize at the Gregynog Young Musician Competition (2018). 

Joel initially studied for eight years with Michael Johnson, before being admitted to the Royal College of Music Junior Department in 2016 to study with Professor Ani Schnarch. In July 2022, he graduated his Bachelor degree with First Class Honours at the Royal College of Music, where he continued studies as a scholar with Professor Schnarch. In September 2022 he commenced a Postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, supported by an Orpheus Foundation scholarship.

Joel plays a 1757 Testore violin, on generous loan from the Royal College of Music Collection. He is represented by Mr Roger Hendy, and is grateful for the generous support of Talent Unlimited, the Joanna Leach Foundation, Help Musicians UK, the Dulce Haigh Marshall Trust, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, the Craxton Memorial Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Isca Ensemble. He is a represented by Mr Roger Hendy.

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