Paul Silverthorne

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Paul Silverthorne (born 1951 in Cheshire, England) is an English viola soloist and was principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.[1]


Paul Silverthorne studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Clarence Myerscough, Max Gilbert and Sydney Griller. In 1988 Paul Silverthorne was made principal of the specialist contemporary music ensemble London Sinfonietta. In 1990 started playing with the London Symphony Orchestra[2] and appointed principal viola of the Orchestra the following year. In addition to his orchestral work, Paul Silverthorne is an active viola soloist and has performed with major English, American and European orchestras with conductors such as André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Kent Nagano.[3]

Paul Silverthorne is a specialist in contemporary music and has given many first performances both with the London Sinfonietta and in recitals. He has recorded for EMI, ASV, Chandos, Albany and Naxos.[4]

Paul Silverthorne is a professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music (London), and plays a 1620 Amati viola loaned from the Royal Academy of Music.[5] Since 2015, Silverthorne teaches at the newly founded school of music in Soochow University, in Suzhou, China.[6]


  1. ^ "Paul Silverthorne, about". Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Paul Silverthorne Profile". Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Paul Silverthorne, Principal Player". London Sinfonietta. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "LSO Player Profile". London Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "LSO Player Profile". London Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Paul Silverthorne leaves London Symphony principal viola post for China appointment". The Strad. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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