Guylaine Eckersley is an active orchestral and chamber musician based in the UK, who is fast creating a reputation for being one of the most exciting bassoonists of her generation. She regularly performs with orchestras around the country, including playing Guest Principal with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who she played the Rite of Spring with at the 2022 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Whilst Guylaine has a deep passion for orchestral playing, she also loves exploring chamber music and curating interesting and diverse programmes which can capture an audience’s imagination. She has played and worked with several national and international chamber music groups and organisations, such as Ferrandou Musique, the Tunnell Trust, Poliphonia and Ensemble 360. In direct contrast to her classical chamber music work, Guylaine has also performed with the rock band ‘The Good, the Bad and the Queen’ on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’.
Guylaine has won several prestigious awards including a Philharmonia MMSF Woodwind Fellowship, a Wolfson Foundation award and the Vivian Dunn prize for orchestral playing at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Amy Harman, Jonathan Davies, Robin O’Neill and John Orford. She was also awarded the The Musicians’ Company Silver Medal, after she was nominated by RAM and she is looking forward to continuing with the Musicians’ Company as a part of their Young Artist’s Programme.
Musicians’ Company Award: Silver Medal (RAM) 2022
Page Updated: Jun 2023
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