Juliet Jopling

Juliet Jopling studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Thomas Riebl, with Ferenc Rados at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove, and with David Takeno while at Trinity College, Cambridge University. As a Scholar at the Royal College of Music, Juliet was awarded the Peter Morrison Concerto Prize and Honours in her Performing Diploma in 1990. During her studies, Juliet was supported with awards from the Martin Trust, the Craxton Memorial Trust, South East Arts, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Ian Fleming Memorial Awards.

In 1992, the Martin Trust awarded Juliet the Trevor Snoad Prize, and Juliet was a prizewinner in both the 1997 and 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Juliet was a Young Concert Artist 2000 for The National Federation of Music Societies, and has been invited to perform in the Countess of Munster’s Young Artist Recital Series and for Live Music Now! 

Juliet lead Essex Schools String Orchestra before changing to the viola, when she joined the National Youth Orchestra and then the European Community Youth Orchestra. At the Royal College of Music, Juliet was Principal Viola of the String Ensemble, touring under Rodney Friend. While at Cambridge, Juliet was Principal Viola of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and started working professionally in London. Juliet has worked with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, and has appeared as Guest Principal Viola of Camerata Academica - Salzburg, the Opera de Rouen, and Dresden Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Oslo in January 2004, Juliet has been Guest Principal Viola with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Radio Orchestra, and is the Principal Viola in the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Miss Jopling has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Philharmonia under Jan Latham Koenig, the Norwegian National Radio Orchestra under Arvid Engegård, and the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under Rinaldo Alessandrini. Solo and chamber music broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and radio stations throughout Europe, include a live broadcast of Walton’s Viola Concerto for Classic FM. 

A passionate chamber musician, Miss Jopling was a founding member the Sándor Végh Ensemble, which had a residency in Vienna’s Musikverein, and of the Quince Quartet, prizewinners in the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Juliet founded and directed Kerry’s International Chamber Music Festival from 1998 until 2009. She is the founder and artistic director of Oslo Quartet Series, an international quartet subscription series founded in 2012, and conducts Nordberg Strykeorkester, a neighbourhood children’s orchestra which now has over 90 members. 

Together with her partner Arvid Engegård, Atle Sponberg and Jan Erik Gustafsson, Juliet formed the Engegård Quartet in 2006. Juliet plays on a Giuseppe Guadagnini from 1770.