Lucilla Rose Mariotti Banwell, born in 2001, is an Italian violinist praised for her "creamy tone" and "fiery" playing. She has performed as a soloist in many concerts and recitals accompanied by piano, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Francigena Chamber Orchestra, Nuove Assonanze Orchestra, Florence Symphonietta, Strings of Maderna Orchestra, Note Future Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Classica di Alessandria, among others. She has also performed in many recitals: at the Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest, at La Mortella Gardens Festival in Ischia organized by the William Walton Trust, at Villa Lante al Gianicolo in Rome thanks to Musicaimmagine Association and Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, in Sala Bianca of Pitti Palace in Florence thanks to Musica con le Ali Association, at Brera Museum in Milan during EXPO 2015, at Piaggio Foundation Museum in collaboration with Fonè Music Label, in Busseto thanks to Amici di Verdi Association, at Weill Recital Hall of Canergie Hall in New York and in many other theatres and halls across Italy and abroad in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, New York, San Marino and in the United Kingdom. She has played in many occasions during the Holocaust Memorial Day at the National Museum of Italian Ebraism and Shoah in Ferrara, at Fossoli Concentration Camp and at Oblate Library in Florence in a performance with the Italian actress Octavia Piccolo, in schools and in other locations.
Some of her performances have been broadcasted by the Vatican Radio, Czech Radio and Venice Classic Radio. In 2017 Lucilla took part in the TV show on RAI1 “Prodigi 2017: La Musica è Vita” sponsored by UNICEF and in 2020 she took part in the project "European Festival of Soloists 2020" organized by the Delegation of the European Union, the embassies of EU Member States in Venezuela and El Sistema as Italian representative.
In 2019 she was awarded the "Maura Giorgetti" scholarship by winning the Young Musicians Competition organized by the Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala and she also won the ESO 32nd Young Soloist Competition, receiving the St Cecilia Bequest Award for the best performance of a musician under 18. In 2017 she won, becoming Laureate, the 59th Kocian International Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí in Czech Republic. She also became Laureate at the Josef Muzika International Violin Competition in Nová Paka receiving the prize for the best performance of the contemporary Czech piece "Dža More" by Sylvia Bodorova and in the same year she was also a prizewinner at the New York International Artists Competition. Moreover she was awarded the absolute first prize in many other national and international competitions and among them it is worth mentioning that in 2013 she received a special mention by Sony Classical Talent Scout in the category “Classical Kids”, in 2015 she won the "Renzo Mantero" prize receiving a scholarship for the best performance of a romantic concert at Città di Castel San Giovanni Competition and in 2016 she won theViolin Competition Pellegrino da Montechiaro in the category without limit of age receiving the special prize of the public. She also won the Salieri Young Prize in Legnago and the first prize in the International Music Competition 'Salzburg' Grand Prize Virtuoso 2016 playing in the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg. At the XXIII International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in Fermo she received a scholarship in category B. At the 28th European Music Competition Città di Moncalieri she won the absolute first prize in the category “Soloist with Orchestra”. She won the first prize also at the Josef Micka International Violin Competition in Prague receiving the PhDr. Josef Micka Award, at "Città di Piove di Sacco" Competition, at "Adotta un Musicista" Competition in Forlì, at "Premio Crescendo AGIMUS" in Florence, at "Riviera Etrusca" Competition, at the Young Musician Competition "Città di Cremona", at "Luigi Zannuccoli" Competition, at "Città di Riccione" and "Città di Treviso" Competitions, at "Valsesia Musica" International Competition, at "Concorso Mozart" in Quinto Vicentino, at "Premio Contea", among others.
Lucilla Rose began playing the violin at age five and since the age of eight she has been studying with Marco Fornaciari. Since 2015 she has been studying also with Mark Messenger and under his guidance, in September 2021, she is starting her Master Degree of Performance (MPerf) at the Royal College of Music in London with scholarship. Since 2019 she has been studying also with Salvatore Accardo at Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and at Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Moreover she attends lessons with Vilmos Szabadi. Other mentors included Edoardo Oddone, Alberto Bologni, Maurizio Sciarretta, Václav Hudeček and Jiří Fišer. She graduated summa cum laude and special mention from the State Music Conservatory "Bruno Maderna" in Cesena.