Born in Cardiff, Welsh violinist Rhys Watkins currently enjoys touring the world as a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2005, Rhys began his professional career as a member of the Artea String Quartet. Having been awarded a Fellowship at the RAM they continued their studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and Wihan quartets and went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the U.K. including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Their most recent disc, released on the Champs Hill label was met with great critical acclaim.
Rhys has performed as a soloist with the LSO on numerous occasions in the Barbican Centre and LSO St. Luke’s. He has also performed recitals on behalf of the orchestra across the world including Japan, Korea, Europe and America.
Rhys has been a finalist and prize winner in several international competitions, including the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition (Belgrade) and the Paganini International Violin Competition (Moscow). He currently plays on a violin by Lorenzo Storioni.