Luba Tunnicliffe

Luba Tunnicliffe

Key Facts


Luba Tunnicliffe has performed solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and made her debut as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016. She won the Guildhall’s Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto and was viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Janiczek and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra in Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican. She won the concerto prize at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

She received a first class honours degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk. She also participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin as part of her course, and received lessons from Simone Jandl. Previously, she studied with Jacky Woods.

Her Flute, Viola and Harp trio, the Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award and the ROSL Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017, and the 2016 St Martin-in-the-fields Chamber Music Competition. They have commissioned several new works for the ensemble; they premiered Misha Mullov-Abbado’s Three Meditation Songs in the Wigmore Hall, London in November 2016 and Benjamin Graves’ Scherzo in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series in April 2017. The Pelléas Ensemble are Tillett Trust and Tunnell Trust Young Artists.

Luba is a member of the award-winning Ruisi String Quartet; founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.

In 2014, Luba was chosen to be on the London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme; since then she has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia. She has also appeared twice on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ with Hannah Watson (piano) and the Pelléas Ensemble.

Luba has been the grateful recipient of awards from the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Help Musicians UK, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund (Sidney Perry Award), the Hattori Foundation, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust where she is also on the Recital Scheme. She is a recipient of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists through Making Music UK.


Musicians’ Company Award: Musicians’ Company Award 2014

Page Updated: May 2018