Born in Stockholm in 1993, Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello at the age of seven under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist. In 2012, Lydia was awarded a scholarship to study for her Bachelor’s degree with professor Mats Lidström at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2016. She graduated with Distinction from her Master of Arts degree in 2017, also awarded from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with renowned cellist Robert Cohen. She was a Worswick scholar during her Master studies, and was also awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize at the Academy in 2014. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 with contemporary chamber music ensemble ‘An Assembly’.
2019 will see her perform solo and chamber music recitals around the UK, as well as recording solo cello music for composer Sophya Polevaya’s new CD. An eager chamber musician, Lydia is the cellist of the prize-winning Tritium Trio, of which she is a founding member, together with clarinettist Jernej Albreht and pianist Joseph Havlat. They won the Harold Craxton prize in 2017 and the Isaacs/Pirani Trio prize in 2015, and were selected as Park Lane Group Young Musicians for the 2015/16 season. They were also awarded the Audience Prize at the coveted St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and they held the prestigious post as Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2017/18 season. The Tritiums regularly perform across London and the UK, with recent concert appearances in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Colston Hall in Bristol. They have recently recorded their first CD at Turner Sims in Southampton, which includes music by John McCabe, John Ireland, Giles Easterbrook, and Kenneth Leighton. The CD is set to be released by Prima Facie Records in 2019.
Last summer, the Tritium Trio performed and gave chamber music coaching at Dartington International Festival and Summer School, as well as working with Eleanor Alberga on the advanced chamber music composition course. They will return to Dartington in 2019 to perform, teach, and again work on the advanced composition course with Harrison Birtwistle.
Lydia is a sought-after teacher, and teaches weekly on the Primary Years Programme at Centre for Young Musicians (division of the Guildhall school of Music) and London Music Masters, as well as teaching an ever-expanding class of private cello students across London. She has also been involved in the development of the charity Play for Progress’s newly founded therapeutic music programme for unaccompanied refugee minors. Lydia is also an avid arranger, having had her arrangements for cello & string ensembles played across the UK and Scandinavia.