B i o g r a p h y
British-Polish violinist Magdalena Loth-Hill learned locally in Cumbria before accepting a place at Chetham’s School of Music to study with Jan Repko. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Laura Samuel and later took up baroque violin with Adrian Butterfield and Lucy Russell. Magdalena graduated with first-class honours and went on to gain a Master’s degree with Distinction. She was awarded the 2015/16 Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the RCM, a post she held while studying for an Artist Diploma in baroque violin. In March 2016, Magdalena was presented with the Mills Williams Medal.
At the RCM, Magdalena performed Bach’s E major concerto, Brandenburg Concertos 4 and 5 and the Bach Double Violin Concerto. She led the RCM Baroque and Classical Orchestras, under Christopher Hogwood and Vittorio Ghielmi, and performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Magdalena has played the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with the City of Carlisle Orchestra, and has toured across Europe, and North and South America, including Bolivia, where her two solo recitals as ‘Artist of the Festival’ officially opened the 2016 Misiones de Chiquitos Festival.
Magdalena has recorded works for the British Library’s ‘Georgians Revealed’ exhibition and exam pieces for the ABRSM syllabus. She performs with groups including Solomon's Knot, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, English Baroque Soloists, Florilegium, Ex Cathedra and United Strings of Europe among others.
Magdalena's main passion is chamber music. Her string quartet, Consone, won the EUBO Development Fund Prize and a place on the European Emerging Ensembles programme at the 2015 York Early Music Festival International Young Artists Competition. The quartet went on to win the Ensemble Prize at the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and has performed at festivals throughout the UK as well as in Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Slovenia, Bulgaria and North and South America. The group made their Wigmore Hall debut in July 2017 and their debut CD was released on the Ambronay label in October 2018. They were BBC New Generation Artists for 2019-2021 and in 2022 were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship. Magdalena also plays with Ensemble Hesperi - a period ensemble specialising in the championing of rarely heard music. Ensemble Hesperi won first prize at the 2020 London International Festival of Early Music competition, and third prize at the International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht in 2021. They are currently City Music Foundation Artists.