Italian violinist Lucilla Rose Mariotti Banwell, born in 2001, is currently studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London for an Artist Diploma on full scholarship. She has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Carne Trust Junior Fellowship 2023/24 at the RCM and she is also a 2023 Boise Scholar. She completed the Master of Performance with distinction at the RCM in 2023, as an Anne & Brian Wadsworth Scholarship holder. During her studies at RCM, Lucilla has also been supported by Help Musicians as an Ian Fleming Award holder and by the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust. She has also received the "Daniele Gay" Award 2024, established and promoted by violinist Francesca Dego in collaboration with Musica con le Ali Association and supported by Musica al Tempio Association.
From a young age, she has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela under the baton of Maestro Rodolfo Saglimbeni, the Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hayden Chamber Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the Harlow Symphony Orchestra, the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Francigena Chamber Orchestra, the Nuove Assonanze Orchestra, the Strings of Maderna Orchestra, the Note Future Chamber Orchestra, the Florence Symphonietta, the Orchestra Classica di Alessandria, among others. In 2021, she played the violin Concerto in F major by Thomas Linley Jr. in its premiere performance in Italy. In 2022, she performed as a soloist with the New English Concert Orchestra at the Battle Proms Concerts at Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Hatfield House, and Highclere Castle in the UK. During her time at the RCM, she performed as a soloist with the RCM Chamber Orchestra in a live-streamed orchestral masterclass with Maxim Vengerov. She also played as a soloist at the Conductors’ Podium event. Additionally, she has performed Navarra by Sarasate with Maxim Vengerov during a private Gala at RCM, and later for the celebration of his 40-year stage career in April 2023 with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
As a recitalist, she has performed at various prestigious festivals and venues including the Lerici Music Festival, the Bloomsbury Festival, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She has also performed at the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Hungary, where she gave a world premiere performance of pieces by Alfredo D’Ambrosio recorded live on a DVD by Achord Pictures. Other notable venues include Giardini La Mortella in Ischia thanks to William Walton Foundation, Villa Lante in Rome thanks to Musicaimmagine and Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, the Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest as a prizewinner of Campus delle Arti 2017 Prize, Pitti Palace in Florence Florence thanks to Musica con le Ali, Brera Museum in Milan during EXPO 2015, Piaggio Foundation Museum, and the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York as a prize winner at the New York International Artists Competition, among others.
In 2020 and 2023, she participated in the "European Festival of Soloists" organized by the Delegation of the European Union, the embassies of EU Member States in Venezuela, and El Sistema as an Italian representative. Some of her performances have been broadcast by the Vatican Radio, Czech Radio, and Venice Classic Radio.
Besides being a soloist, Lucilla Rose is also interested in chamber music, and in 2023, she participated with a scholarship in the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall. During the Amadeus Festival held at the International Amadeus School in Vienna, she took part in the Janoska Ensemble Workshop.
Rose has recently won the grand prize together with a 2-year loan of a 1709 Antonio Stradivari violin from the Goh Family Collection and the public prize based on the audience's vote at the "Violins&Soul" Salon Music Violin Competition at the AMADEUS Festival 2023 in Vienna. She has also won many other national and international competitions including
the 59th Kocian International
Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, the Josef Muzika International
Violin Competition in Nová Paka receiving the prize for the best performance of
the contemporary Czech piece "Dža More" by Silvia Bodorova, the ESO
32nd Young Soloist Competition in Eastbourne receiving also the St Cecilia
Bequest Award for the best performance of a musician under 18 and many
other competitions in Italy and abroad. In 2019, she was awarded the Maura Giorgetti scholarship by winning the Young Musicians
Competition organized by the Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala.
Lucilla plays a fine 1709 "Golden Age" Antonio Stradivari violin, a gratuitous 2-year loan from the Family Goh Collection.