Amalia Young is a London-based violinist and mezzo-soprano. She is currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies violin with Philippe Honoré and singing with Glenville Hargreaves.
Amalia's main artistic inspirations and interests lie in the intersection between the fields of musical aesthetics, the embodiment and physicality of sound, visual arts, and the studies of phenomenology and existentialism. These disciplines have fuelled her interest in creating musical experiences which question the limits of meaning within the genre of Western classical music. As such, she is primarily interested in exploring contemporary and experimental violin repertoire and chamber music; Amalia has performed chamber works by Chiyoko Szlavnics and Linda Catlin Smith in the Kammer Klang series at Café Oto, the latter of which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2019 she was a Performance Fellow on the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory, performing works by Iannis Xenakis, George Lewis, and Michael Finnissy. She has also played with the Royal Academy of Music's Manson Ensemble.
Amalia has performed widely across the UK as a soloist and chamber musician, notably at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Athenaeum Club, Stationers’ Hall, and the House of Lords. In 2016 she made her concerto debut with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor, after being awarded first prize in the Bardi Young Musician competition. She has also performed in the RAM Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson and Robert Trevino, and has held principal positions in the CBSO Youth Orchestra.
Her chamber group the Kavinsky Trio (violin/saxophone/piano) were finalists in the Royal Over Seas League 2020 Annual Music Competition (mixed ensemble category). They have performed together in various recitals across the UK, and were Highly Commended in the 2019 Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Prize at the RAM. Also an experienced choral singer and conductor, Amalia was formerly an alto choral scholar and conducting scholar at St James the Greater Church, Leicester. With this choir, she has sung and conducted services across the UK, including at Norwich Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Bath Abbey. Amalia continues to enjoy choral singing as a freelancer in London, and studying art songs at the RAM.
Deeply invested in the social relevance of music, Amalia has organised various recitals in aid of charitable causes ranging from Amnesty International to YoungMinds. She is a Young Artist Musical Ambassador for the Sussex-based Music Mind Spirit Trust with whom she has led musical community engagement sessions in association with Live Music Now across the UK, and has recently been involved in their 'Connection Through Music' series of digital performances for the NHS. This year, she is participating in the 2020 Digital Edition of the Fresh Inc. Festival, run by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble using a variety of digital platforms for musical collaboration and connection, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She will be giving live stream performances of chamber works by Festival-participant composers as well as works by Cilla McQueen and Ryan Ross Smith. Amalia will also be participating in the 2020 digital sessions of the SoundSCAPE Festival, based in Cesena, Italy.
In her spare time, Amalia enjoys listening to jazz and R&B, brewing kombucha, being outdoors, and practising yin yoga.