Molly Cockburn

jianrenMolly Cockburn comes from Sheffield. She began learning the violin with Nina Martin, before moving to the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently Chetham’s School, where she studied with Jan Repko. She won numerous awards and competitions during her time at the JRNCM and Chetham’s including concerto competitions and violin and chamber music awards.

Molly continued her studies with Jan Repko and Maciej Rakowski after being awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she performed in many prestigious chamber music festivals at venues such the Royal Festival Hall. She was also a prize winner at the Ginette Neveu International Violin Competition in Avignon in her second year. It was at the RCM that Molly found her love of orchestral music, as leader or principal second of the RCM Symphony Orchestra several times under internationally renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink and John Wilson. In 2012, she was one of a small group of students selected to represent the RCM at Lorin Maazel's annual Castleton Festival, and in 2014 was one of only two members chosen from the UK at international auditions to attend the prestigious Pacific Music Festival in Japan, founded by Leonard Bernstein. She was also a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2014/15.

Molly joined the first violin section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2018. In the last year, she has sat co-principal first violin with the BBC and also the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys a varied career, touring internationally with the BBC Symphony, freelancing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and playing on several West End shows including Les Miserables, Company and Aladdin. When she isn’t playing the violin, Molly can be found sewing, crafting and spending time with her dog, Raffle!

Molly’s violin is a fine contemporary Guarneri del Gesù copy made by her father, John Cockburn.