bio

Amalia Young is a London-based violinist and mezzo-soprano, primarily interested in performing and researching contemporary and experimental music. She has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician across London, including performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Athenaeum Club, Stationer’s Hall, the Royal Over-Seas League House, the Royal Academy of Music's Piano Festival, and Café OTO as part of the Kammer Klang series. In 2019, Amalia was a performance fellow on the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory, performing works by Michael Finnissy, George Lewis, and Iannis Xenakis at the NEC and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 2020 and 2021, she was awarded a Fresh Voices scholarship to attend the Fresh Inc Festival (digital edition), run by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble. Amalia particularly enjoys collaborating with composers and has recently given world premieres of solo violin works by Jordan Hunt and Martin Butler, as well as a chamber work by Ross Harris for her ensemble the Kavinsky Trio (violin/saxophone/piano).

The Kavinsky Trio were mixed ensemble category finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League competition in 2020, and were awarded Highly Commended in the Isaacs and Pirani prize (2019) and the Harold Craxton prize (2021) at the Royal Academy of Music. At the RAM, Amalia was also awarded 2nd place in the Winifred Small prize for solo violin. In 2016 she made her concerto debut with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor, after receiving first prize in the Bardi Young Musician competition. 

Deeply invested in the social relevance of music, Amalia 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.

Also a choral singer and conductor, Amalia was formerly 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, Ely Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Bath Abbey. She currently sings alto at St George Headstone.

Amalia completed her Bachelor’s degree as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Philippe Honoré (violin) and Glenville Hargreaves (voice), graduating with first class honours and the Doris Faulkener Prize for violin. She is currently reading for a Master’s degree in music performance the University of Oxford, and studies with Mira Benjamin.