Edgar Francis is a dynamic and versatile violist, with a passion for performing. He has performed in leading venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kolner Philarmonie and The Royal Festival Hall. As 1st Prize Winner at the 2021 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, his debut album will be released by Champs Hill records.
Edgar started his musical journey with Sheila Nelson, before studying with Matthew Souter at Wells Cathedral School. He is currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with Hélène Clement. While at RAM he has won 1st Prize in the Wilfrid Parry Prize, as well as receiving a Regency Award, the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize and the Olwen Doreen Leyshon Prize.
Edgar has attended festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn on Mull, North Norfolk Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival and Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival, and has performed on BBC Radio 3. Orchestrally, Edgar enjoys playing with a variety of groups, including Sinfonia of London, Aurora Orchestra and O/Modernt. Also in demand as a soloist, he has played solo recitals at venues such as Powderham Castle and the Millennium Centre.
Edgar plays on a 2012 Mario Miralles viola, generously on loan from RAM through the Calleva Foundation. He is a recipient of a 2022 Hattori Foundation Senior Award. Upcoming projects include Yellowbarn Summer Festival and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.