Diana Mathews pursues an active performing career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She studied with Yuko Inoue and Matthew Souter at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a BMus with First Class Honours and MMus with Distinction. Prizes include the Theodore Holland Prize, Sidney Griller Memorial Prize, the Alfred Gibson Prize and the Kenneth Page Foundation Viola Competition. Review comments from recitals have included: ‘took us deep into the other worldliness of the near static, dream-like passages of its finale’ and ‘her tone was glowing and her musicianship inspiring.’
Diana has a keen interest in contemporary music and enjoys working alongside composers. Works dedicated to her include Richard Bullen’s ‘Rite’, and Sadie Harrison’s ‘Diana Nemorensis’, both for solo viola, and Roger Carter’s ‘Deep Thoughts’ for viola and piano. She has also performed in the World Premiere of American composer, Michael Rose’s ‘Hopeful Monsters’ as well as giving the UK Premiere of his Third Viola Sonata, ‘The Pedagogy of Grief’. This year, Diana is part of the Park Lane Group Series.
Solo performances include Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto with the Isis Chamber Orchestra, Penderecki’s Concerto with Exeter University Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and also with Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola with the Haydon Chamber Orchestra. Diana loves bringing beautiful yet lesser known works to her audiences, and in line with this, performed, alongside Gustav Holst’s ‘Lyric Movement’, Imogen Holst’s ‘Joyce’s Divertimento’ with the Tudor Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Diana’s performances, with her duo partner Jonathan Beatty (piano), have included concerts for the Concerts in the West recital series, the Music and Wine at St Luke’s Brighton Series, at Warwick Arts Centre and for the Oxshott and Cobham Music Society.
As a chamber musician Diana is a regular guest artist with the Kreutzer Quartet, leader Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and she has participated in the London Festival of Chamber Music playing with the English String Quartet, leader, Diana Cummings.
Diana freelances with various orchestras including the Royal Opera House Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
Diana plays on a Pietro Antonio Testore viola (1780).